I oppose the development of the Chu molybdenum mine because its negative effects extend beyond the site. This mine will affect the quality of life of the residents of Vanderhoof adversely by reducing air and water quality, food sources and revenue. Vanderhoof is a small, geographic centre that supplies food and mineral resources to neighboring cities (BCC, 2009) hence, many of its residents, tourists and neighbors will be directly affected by this project.
The project is very expensive to establish and maintain because of the infrastructure, skilled labor and facilities proposed for impact mitigation. Currently, the budget for this project is $700-1000 million, assuming there are no unexpected expenses. However, many mining projects have unanticipated adverse effects that incur additional expenses. For example, with the Brule coal mine in British Columbia, unexpected faulting in the mine’s location led to a change in mining techniques to reduce the potential for landslide (InfoMine Inc., 2009). This project is also very technical and requires 350-400 skilled professionals from other provinces, thus, most of the revenue generated will not be recycled within Vanderhoof.
For a project with such a high capital and potential to cause adverse effects to the human and biophysical environments, the lifespan of thirty-one years proposed for this project is, in my opinion, inadequate to compensate for its degradation of the environment. Also, if this project is executed, Canada’s molybdenum supply will be depleted by 313 million tonnes in only thirty-one years. This is problematic because molybdenum, a non-renewable resource required for construction of turbines, super magnet and reactor motor will be in short supply for the future.
To supply water for this project, the construction of a dam in the Portnoy Lake has been proposed. The dam will prevent flow of water downstream affecting the habitats of fishes such as rainbow trout, which the residents of Vanderhoof rely on for food. In addition, allocating this lake entirely to this project will diminish freshwater availability in Vanderhoof because the lake will have a higher potential to be contaminated due to its proximity to the mine, and will
eventually contaminate its surrounding tributaries.
The location chosen for this mine is currently the habitat for a wide range of birds and carnivores including grizzly bears, wolverines and...