Coal mining threat from Canada just north of Glacier NP is becoming an international issue-

I made a trip to the mine proposed area (and even worse coal bed methane wells) in British Columbia last summer. What a horrible place to do this! Other than the local fish and wildlife (and there is a lot), all the damage will be in Montana as the toxins flow over the border.

North Fork Flathead plight in U.N. spotlight. By Chris Peterson. Hungry Horse News.

Photo I took last summer. Headwaters of North Fork Flathead about a mile downstream from giant coal mine proposal

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

4 Responses to North Fork Flathead plight in U.N. spotlight

  1. avatar Alan Gregory says:

    This is horrible. To look at what Big Coal has done and continues to do) to the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia and Kentucky, take a look at http://www.ilovemountains.org

  2. avatar Mike says:

    Ralph – I spend time up on the Northfork every year. It’s a beautiful area and for this plan to go forward would be sad indeed. But we have seen what BC thinks of “conservation”.

    It really is a very unique area in the lower 48. Low elevation, but “in the forest” with a very large and pure river.

  3. avatar Virginia says:

    We were just in the process of planning a trip up to Glacier and up into Canada to see the glaciers one more time before they are all melted. I guess we had better do it soon before the whole area is destroyed!

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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