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The Common Sense Canadian: Film tells real story behind Tahltan victory over Sacred Headwaters mines

As the BC Liberal government toots its own horn following its buy-back of highly contentious coal mine licences throughout the Sacred Headwaters, Beyond Boarding excerpts portions of its documentary film Northern Grease to tell the real story of what happened.

From Beyond Boarding’s Tamo Campos:

In the summer of 2013, we spent over 6 weeks . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Film tells real story behind Tahltan victory over Sacred Headwaters mines

The Common Sense Canadian: Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

A Toronto March in solidarity with Guatemalan Goldcorp protestors (Photo: Allan Lissner)

It sometimes seems people in the mining and fossil fuel industries — along with their government promoters — don’t believe in the future. What else could explain the mad rush to extract and use up the Earth’s resources as quickly and . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Digging out of Canada’s mining dilemma

The Common Sense Canadian: Athabasca River contaminated by Canada’s largest coal slurry spill

Read this Nov. 8 story from EcoWatch on what is quite possibly Canada’s largest coal slurry spill, which happened in late October near Hinton, Alberta.

A scary thing happened on Halloween near Hinton, Alberta. Canada had what may be the largest coal slurry spill in its history when a dam failed at the Obed . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Athabasca River contaminated by Canada’s largest coal slurry spill

The Common Sense Canadian: Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

A group of Tahltans and their supporters peacefully occupied Fortune’s drill in early September

Fortune Minerals announced Monday it will voluntarily stand down from an escalating conflict with the local Tahltan First Nation. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the standoff over a proposed mine in northwest BC’s Sacred Headwaters region . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Mining company steps back from Sacred Headwaters standoff

The Common Sense Canadian: Arrests on horizon in First Nation’s Sacred Headwaters mine protest

Tahltan elders and supporters in the Sacred Headwaters (SkeenaWatershed.com)

Read this Sept. 20 story from the Vancouver Observer on the standoff over a proposed open-pit coal mine in BC’s Sacred Headwaters, which continues to escalate. The Common Sense Canadian has been reporting on the protest since it began last month.

A showdown between . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Arrests on horizon in First Nation’s Sacred Headwaters mine protest

The Common Sense Canadian: Tahltan’s Sacred Headwaters defence has deep roots

The Sacred Headwaters (photo: Carr Clifton/ILCP)

Few places on our planet have been unaffected by humans. Satellite images taken from hundreds of kilometres above Earth reveal a world irrevocably changed by our land use over just the past few decades.

From Arctic tundra to primeval rainforest to arid desert, our natural world is . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Tahltan’s Sacred Headwaters defence has deep roots

The Common Sense Canadian: The End of Coal?

China is coal’s last great hope – but even that may be changing

by Jonathan Fahey

NEW YORK – The future of coal is getting darker.

Economic forces, pollution concerns and competition from cleaner fuels are slowly nudging nations around the globe away from the fuel that made the industrial revolution possible.

The . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: The End of Coal?

The Common Sense Canadian: 9 year old’s plea to CEO of proposed Sacred Headwaters mine

This recent video from Beyond Boarding – a group of self-described “snowboarders making positive change” – shows 9-year-old Caden Jakesta and several other members of the Tahltan Nation in northwest BC conveying their concerns about a proposed mine in the Sacred Headwaters to the mining company’s CEO. The birthplace of three of BC’s largest salmon . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: 9 year old’s plea to CEO of proposed Sacred Headwaters mine

DeSmogBlog: On 2nd Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Documentary Explores Lasting Impacts of Mountaintop Removal

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Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine disaster that claimed the lives of 29 coal miners.

LinkTV.org will premiere a special show tonight at 9pm EST called “Explore: West Virginia – Hillbillies, Coal Miners, Treehuggers & God,” taking a closer look at . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: On 2nd Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, Documentary Explores Lasting Impacts of Mountaintop Removal