Oregon: Nestle Water Battle Continues
Tribal members speak out at City Council meeting
April 18th 2016 (Cascade Locks, Oregon)
Monday April 11th a meeting took place at the Cascade Locks Town Hall and members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs of Oregon arrived on short notice in traditional longhouse dress to fiercely defend the waters of our home, the Columbia River.
The Cascade Locks city council voted against a resolution [6-1] that would have prevented Nestle International Waters from having rights to Oxbow Springs, the headwaters of Herman Creek. The Cascade Locks city council officially endorsed Nestle to open a water bottling facility in the Locks. Read the rest of this entry
B.C. judge issues $3.4M fine to Teck mining for polluting the Columbia River
Company admits the toxic discharges were unacceptable
CBC News, March 01, 2016
A judge in Rossland, B.C., has issued a $3.4-million fine to B.C. mining giant Teck for polluting the Columbia River.
The company admitted to discharging elevated levels of toxins such as ammonia and cadmium from its zinc and lead smelter in Trail, B.C., over about 16 months ending last February. Read the rest of this entry
As salmon vanish in the dry Pacific Northwest, so does Native heritage
, Washington Post,
As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region’s most precious resources — wild salmon — might disappear.
Native Americans, who for centuries have relied on salmon for food and ceremonial rituals, say the area’s five species of salmon have been declining for years, but the current threat is worse than anything they have seen. Read the rest of this entry
Teck smelter spills chemical solution into Columbia River
Up to 25,000 L of sodium hydroxide solution flowed into sewer leading to the river near Trail, B.C.
CBC News, Feb 01, 2014
A mining and smelting company spilled a large volume of chemical solution into a domestic sewer line near Trail, B.C., on Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry
Columbia River tribes join protests against Tar Sands ‘mega-load’ shipments
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has joined the growing chorus of official Native opposition to the transportation of mega-loads bearing equipment bound for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, through Nez Perce and other tribal territories. Read the rest of this entry