Tulsequah questions remain unanswered

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Despite repeated requests from concerned residents and organizations for answers, information on several points regarding Redfern's Tulsequah Chief Project remains unclear. SASEI's concern is that the TCP will be approved without necessary answers.

SASEI's concern continues regarding this project's lack of sustainability. Considering the news release by Terry Chandler on May 17 admitting that the project is not feasible, we are again requesting that the permitting process be postponed until two things have happened.

First, that a land use plan and a baseline wildlife and habitat database is in place (including all data collected and analyzed during the impartial court case-ordered studies of impacts and cumulative effects).

Second, that the concerns brought up in the over 4,000 "don't approve" letters submitted during the public comment period be addressed, specifically including:

• Confirmation of road decommissioning requirements and unambiguous definition of the closure that mandates decommissioning.

• Protection of species at risk and clear management plans based on the highest level of guidelines.

• Emergency response and accident/fatality/contamination plans and implementation guidelines that are based on real local capacity and real protection.

• Environmental and social reclamation bonds required from Redfern up front that are realistic and enforced.

We're still waiting.

Nan Love

Atlin, British Columbia

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