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Mining boom puts ‘stunning’ Yukon watershed at risk


The Star‘s Paul Watson reported Monday on a brewing conflict between mining companies and conservationists over a massive untouched wilderness in the central Yukon. The area is thought to be rich with iron ore, gold and zinc as well as oil and gas. But First Nations and environmentalists consider it too precious, and fragile, for mass development.

From the Star:

The Peel watershed is drained by seven major rivers that run untamed through mountain ranges and lush valleys where nature has been left largely to her own since the dawn of time.

For some 67,000 stunning square kilometres, there are no parks or marked trails, no campgrounds or RV hookups, only isolated hunting camps, and the wild plants and animals that live in one of Canada’s most diverse ecosystems.

Human visitors number only in the hundreds each year, mainly paddlers and hunters who venture into the remote region in canoes or on horseback and float planes.

A deal to divide the watershed, preserving huge swaths while opening some to exploration, was struck last year. However, according to Watson, the territorial government has since backtracked, leaving open the possibility of much wider-scale exploitation.

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Mining boom puts ‘stunning’ Yukon watershed at risk

  1. Leave the land alone. These companies can live off the money they steal now. Leave the land for the animals and nature it’s self. All you want to do is destroy the planet. If the companies don’t like what I have to say. They and all politicians involved Can kiss my ass!!!!!!!

    •  Bite Me, Cav.  I lived in Yukon for over 30 years.  One valley over from that one looks the same.  The one beside that does too.  Yukon is a mineral powerhouse like Alberta is to oil.

      The entire place is untouched.  Every valley is beautiful, every lake or tree.  Where do you draw the line?  Yukon needs an economy.  Right now, that economy is Federal Government hand-outs.  70-80% of the entire economy is Gov. 

      Yukon would never have been on any map if it weren’t for mining and the Klondike Gold Rush.  That is pretty much all it has going for it.  Let Yukon people, not Greens, decide how they develop their own economy.