We thought we
would showcase a small letter writing campaign by Becky Mason
that swirled around various e-mail addresses this Spring —
is not often that we ask for help but we are very
about the future of Nahanni National
Below is some information from CPAWS
Parks and Wilderness Society) on some
the immediate threats to this World Heritage Site
a sample draft letter you can send to the appropriate
circulate this message to anyone you
may be interested, anywhere. We also encourage you to print it
out and hand it to friends that don't have email.
Thank you very much,
Becky Mason and Reid McLachlan
Nahanni River (NWT) is in danger from
exploration and development. The most
threat is the Canadian Zinc mine on Prairie
The mining infrastructure has been there
20 years. This includes huge amounts of cyanide
diesel fuel stored in ageing containers beside the creek
which is prone to flash floods and in an unstable earthquake
zone. These pose an obvious and immediate threat to the
Nahanni River downstream.
mine is also gearing up to open and studies
that the ore present is laced with high levels of
as well as arsenic and antimony. The water
from the run-off could be disastrous
the mine starts production. An all-season road
also proposed to be built to the mine, crossing
areas of tundra, permafrost and the world
Nahanni karst formations that Parks
has proposed to protect.
plans for the Nahanni River this season include oil
and gas exploration. An "AIR CANON" will be floated
up the Nahanni to the Park boundary,
seismic blasts along the river floor looking for
of underlying oil and gas potential.
development and oil and gas exploration
the South Nahanni watershed threatens
globally recognized World Heritage Site.
best way to protect this unique area is to expand the
protected area to include the entire watershed. Currently
there are land claims negotiations underway
between the Deh Cho First Nation (they feel
strongly about protecting this area) and the Federal
protection of the Nahanni area is a real
if we help push for it.
letters will make the difference. The
Government needs to hear from you now.
more information on the Nahanni National
Canadian Parks and Wilderness
Alison Woodley email@example.com
National office: (613) 569-7226
proposed oil and gas exploration will directly
the future of the Nahanni National Park. It has a looming
deadline so send emails to address
by this Friday a.m.
circulate to anyone who you may think
- National Energy Board has approved the "air
- The only way to reverse approval is to have
MacKenzie Valley Land and Water Board request an Environmental
- Deadline for the request for an Environmental
is this Friday April 5, 2002. After that the "air
cannon" goes ahead this summer up the Nahanni River to
the Park's border. I've been told this seismic process would
make it almost impossible to expand the proposed park
- The only way that an Environmental Assessment
be done is if there is shown that there
for significant public concern for the "air
Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact
Board was swamped with hundreds of your
calling for an Environmental Assessment
the proposed "air cannon" on the Nahanni river.
pleased to report that the Environmental Assessment was
ordered Friday April 5, 2002. Thanks to all of you who helped
to make this happen! Apart from the hopefully positive outcome
of the EA this process will also buy some time for the land
claim negotiations to be finalized. It will also send a strong
message to both the National Energy Board and all other
resource extraction interests to think twice before
threatening to develop the Nahanni area.
has been expressed by various Canadian
departments for a full Environmental
for all of the Nahanni Watershed.
this process gets farther along there may
need for the public to express their concern.
you want to you can get a head start on calling
a full environment assessment for the South
Watershed by emailing The National Energy Board,
Chief Conservation Officer, Terry
can monitor the situation at:
and Wilderness Society
Mackenzie Valley Environmental
again for helping!