Earlier, we reported the Harper administration could soon handover ownership of the Dominion Coal Block lands to the provincial government - opening up previously untouched coal deposits for development. But the Flathead Coalition, a transboundary environmental group, has sent federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn a letter alerting him to the "sensitive local and international dimensions" of that development work - which they believe could pollute the waters in and around Glacier National Park, as well as ruin valuable wilderness habitats. The letter goes onto urge Minister Lunn to "defer a decision on the transfer of the Dominion Coal Block lands to British Columbia pending completion of a comprehensive baseline assessment" of the region's environmental values. And it invites him to "join (the coalition) on the ground in the Transboundary Flathead" for a guided tour this summer. But, in the meantime, we note the Campbell administration has already given the Tory frontbencher a guided tour of the provincial legislature, which reportedly included scenic visits last Thursday with British Columbia's resource ministers.
February 20, 2006