CELA, with Ontario Nature and MiningWatch Canada are calling for an impact assessment for the Upper Beaver gold mine in Northern Ontario, citing concerns about adverse impacts to the climate and environment.
Guest blog post by Charlew Hookimaw, member of Attawapiskat First Nation.
CELA, representing Environment North, responded to the Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed palladium mine in Marathon, ON. Finding a critical lack of greenhouse gas reporting and review of climate impacts, Environment North has asked the Impact Assessment Agency to pause the process until the environmental assessment demonstrates that climate change has been incorporated within the process and at a minimum, all direct emissions have been responsibly measured and offset.
In the quest to produce greener and more efficient energy, we cannot overlook the lifecycle impacts of energy production and their potential interactions with existing systemic inequities. Case in point, is nuclear power, which has been largely presented as a clean form of energy. However, the entire life cycle of nuclear energy production—from uranium mining to radioactive waste storage—must be considered. There are health risks and costs along the way, and already vulnerable people risk continue to risk bear them under the status quo.
CELA joins leading Indigenous and environmental organizations in calling for this moratorium. Our Statement has been sent in a letter to the Prime Minister, Premier of Ontario, and Ministers of Environment.
Action Alert - Please join us and sign on to this statement calling on Canada and Ontario to establish an immediate moratorium in the Ring of Fire.