Hinton Needs Help Re: Strategic Assessment of Vista Mine Expansion
August 25, 2020
August 25, 2020
Bighorn Mine has been in Hinton since 2018, invested hundreds of millions of dollars and brought 300 jobs to Hinton. It happened at a particularly crucial time as Teck Coal announced its closure shortly thereafter culminating in a loss of 400 jobs. Bighorn is looking to expand its operation and therefore its employment (by about 225 jobs).
Recently, Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson declared that although the expansion doesn’t trigger Federal review, it is “close enough” and that plans to expand the Vista Coal Mine must now be scrutinized by the new Impact Assessment Agency of Canada. Wilkinson declined in December to order a federal impact assessment of the project saying the potential risks to the environment and Indigenous rights would be dealt with by a provincial approval process. These actions are indicative to the government’s negative view towards thermal coal mining.
Bighorn Mine needs our help. Already, various groups have submitted 25 000 letters against the expansion. Politicians have advised us that there needs to be just as many letters in support of the project to make an impact toward the expansion. Think of how you, your family and your business has been impacted by Bighorn Mine coming into our community. We implore you to write letters as individuals, families and businesses to support this extremely important expansion. As a business, please add your letterhead to the letter so the federal government can see the incredible impact Bighorn Mine has made in our community and lives.