Comment They Wouldn't Publish In The Cranbrook Daily Townsman

 The following is an edited version of a story in the Cranbrook Daily Townsman that can be found HERE.

Criticism continues to flow from the mining industry over the provincial government’s decision to ban mining and mineral exploration in the Flathead Valley southeast of Cranbrook.

The latest group to weigh in is the East Kootenay Chamber of Mines (EKCM) which says it’s “deeply disappointed” in Victoria’s decision.

EKCM President Ross Stanfield says the chamber got no advance warning of the government’s decision and hasn’t heard from Victoria since. “Where is due process?

Stanfield says EKCM members will be seeking compensation for the claims they have in the Flathead and the chamber will support them in their battle. The decision sends out a negative message for all those interested in investing in B.C., he says.

“This issue is not going to die because it raises a number of issues that are important to the mining industry in B.C.,” he says.

Stanfield said the long-running CORE (Commission on Resources and the Environment) process 15 years ago was supposed to have settled land-use and resource conflict issues in the province. “In fairness, we went through a land plan so people could make corporate decisions and those land plans hadn’t really been modified until we got to here (the Flathead) and they were totally shut off.”[snip...]

Stanfield says he doesn’t buy the contention that mining would mean an end to hunting and fishing in the valley that’s renowned for its wildlife. “Last year, we had the world’s fly fishing championship on the Elk River and that’s downstream from five world-class coal mines. What is that saying about mining in British Columbia?”

The decision to close the Flathead to mining and mineral exploration appears to have been influenced by forces south of the border, Stanfield says. “I think Senator (Max) Baucus has been consistent. He’s fought it since the mid-70’s . . . It’s not surprising. There really isn’t a downside to attacking British Columbia.

“Governor Schweitzer has proudly proclaimed Montana to be the Saudi Arabia of coal. They’re actively selling coal leases in their state. They have coal bed methane and any number of mining opportunities.”

In a press release issued last, the EKCM says the government has its priorities wrong on the Flathead decision.

“While at first the ruling appears only to affect the mining and energy sectors, it in reality touches all British Columbians. The Flathead contains the potential of billions of dollars in resource values which translate to hundreds of potential jobs and millions of tax dollars lost to the province.

“This in a province that has cut programs and services across the board.”

Meanwhile Nic Milligan, manager of communications and government affairs for the giant Teck Corporation, says his company also feels it deserves compensation as a result of the Flathead decision.

“We understand that priorities change, but we continue to believe that we deserve fair treatment, including compensation for any rights that we’ve lost in this decision.”

Teck has eight coal licenses in the Lillyburt area of the Flathead and renewed them as recently as two years ago. Milligan says he has no information on the value of the coal leases.

Comment by Gary E
Well, would you look at this. Years of social cuts to provide corporate welfare to those who least need it and now a decision (which I submit will be never carried out) and these huge companies are crying foul. Where were they when the poor were being stripped of the meager resources they had.
Give me a break.

I am tired of these newspapers in the Black Press and BC Local News not publishing fair comments in their papers. I have been banned in the 100 Mile Free Press and others for my opinions. So I have decided to copy my comments and publish them here with edited versions of the stories. I urge other bloggers to do the same.

UPDATE: since I published this story 100 Mile Free Press has published one of my comments. Coincidence?  Maybe.


Kim said...

Welcome back Gary, hope you had a nice break. I too have given up on Black Press, their editorial is SO unabashedly Right Wing.

Grant G said...

Great stuff Gary E....

And I agree the battle for the Flathead Valley isn`t over...

Funny stuff when the big boys get their ox gored....

The question is..How much will Gordon Campbell compensate them,will he cut their corporate taxes down to nothing,oh yea,Campbell already has!

By the way,Sean Holman on public eye online had a story a day or two ago,Gordon Campbell has admitted that there "Will Be Compensation"

What about Cambie merchants on RAV..They fight tooth and nail and get nothing,mining squeals and they will get grease in the form of tax dollars.

Keep pounding the truth Gary E

Eyes Wide Open

Gary E said...

Kim, Thanks. I've not been too far away. Just a break. My head has been spinning with all this corporate BS and the Nazi police security in the Olympics.Did you see yesterday that the police are shutting down the liquor outlets. That can't happen unless city council changes a bylaw.

Grant G: Thank you for that. I agree that they (Teck et al) can't get compensated much more.
But the way our Proven Liar works I suggest that this is just a whitewash to placate dissenters. And of course he's kissing a governors ass. (actually two. One in California and one in Montana)
So I submit that this so called moratorium will never happen because the LIEberals will need tons of money to fight the next election. I was thinking that Liar Campbell couldn't be that stupid but then I look back at what he says he will do then does the exact opposite.

kootcoot said...

I second the idea that it is good to see you back. As to:

"That can't happen unless city council changes a bylaw."

As you undoubtably already realize, they've now done it four or five times, including at two in the afternoon on the last day. Of course we live in a police state for all pratical purposes, so what else could one expect.

As to the corps whining about their remotely possible exclusion from the Flathead, these kinda whines always amuse me, yet way too often they are heard and quieted with our tax dollars. These pigs (including logging companies that lose tenure) seem to think that they deserve the money they would maybe have made down the rosd without having to actually do the work, pay the wages etc. I wish I could get paid for work I never got the opportunity to actually, you know, DO! I would try to do as little as possible in order to enhance my wealth - obviously I could NOT do more work (and thus make more money) than I could ever, you know, actually DO!

Hell, I could even NOT DO a half dozen jobs simultaneously, and would gladly accept payment as if I had, you know, DONE them all!

Gary E said...

Koot, you just crack me up. And thanks for the encouragement.

I think we need you back with more stuff as well. I sure as hell don't know how the Powell River Persuader does the amount of posts he does but he sure can crank them out.

As far as the last attempt at a bylaw change I didn't know about it. I'll check on it tonight.
Right now I am working on a salmon post.

Anonymous said...

I think the BC citizens, should call for a mental evaluation of, both Campbell and Hansen. I am not sure if they are communist or fascist. They perhaps have some of both, Hitler and Stalin. I had three brothers and a sister, in the armed services during WW11. Our young Canadian boys, were blown to bits, so this wouldn't happen in Canada. Those boys lives were wasted for absolutely nothing. Campbell and Hansen were going to evict the Legion, if they didn't come up with $26,000 rent. Legions pay for prosthesis, when children lose a limb. They donate to many charities. Just when you think the, BC Liberals can't go any lower, they do.