Estimated 195,000 of Trees Cut in Mount Ida, Turkey for Canadian Company Alamos Gold Mine

NSEN received over 1400 emails all outraged about the same topic:
pollution from a Canadian gold mine project in Turkey

“Nature catastrophe at Taz Mountain, Turkey.”
“Alamos Gold destroying forests and lands in Turkey for gold.” 
“Tragic destruction of Turkey’s Forest and Groundwater by a Canadian Company”

Most environmental organizations / individuals we heard from sent the following letter:
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Dear Sirs;

I am writing this letter to inform you about a Toronto based Canadian Company Alamos Gold’s actions in Turkey.

Recently, there has been a big public outcry about deforestation of the “Kaz Dağları” (Kaz Mountains).

This mountain range is of critical importance and a nature wonderland.

The current government authorities of Turkey obviously gave license to Alamos Gold. To date it was estimated that 195,000 trees were cut in these mountains and below pictures should give you some idea of the disaster.

People of the region have been desperately trying to stop this carnage. They claim that their livelihood is at stake.

Kaz Dağları is known for its clean air that many asthma patients come to feel better.

Below please find the points that the CEO of Alamos Gold gave during an interview. He is boasting that the investment they made is only100 million USD. The estimated earnings from this operation can be as high as 4 billion USD. The people of the region and Turkey will be left with contaminated land and groundwater while some take their profits and go away.

These types of licensing cannot be received easily. The Turkish company they set up for this operation is Dogu Biga Madencilik has received so many exemptions including financial and tax-related ones from the Turkish government.

The below link also shows the CEO’s comments during an interview;

https://streamable.com/ofied

I know as a fact that such companies cannot behave the way they do overseas. I am very upset seeing these images day after day and the desperate fight people do. As a citizen of the world, I believe each tree and nature belongs to all of us.

We cannot have different standards for different parts of the world. Canada’s forested areas are even bigger than the entire land of Turkey.

Think about cutting close to 200.000 trees in Canada! I can probably hear the public outcry all the way from here.

So, why a different standard applies to Turkish forests?

This is not moral or ethical either. Protection and preservation of nature is a universal value for all of us…or is it not?

Below please find more pictures showing ordinary citizens putting up a fight. They say “forest, soil, water and mercy”. The awareness has been growing and this news has been on the front pages for some time.

I am not sure if this may catch your attention. However, I have personally experienced and seen that if a western company did something against people’s will in another part of the world, there is a chance that the citizens of that country could change anything. To enable people to have a voice, that country needs a proper democracy and strong public institutions. As a result, the only way out is to bring the issue home, to Toronto and greater Canada.

The concern about nature is universal for all of us. I would appreciate your attention to this matter and similar ones.

Best Regards,

(Thousands of Trees Cut in Mount Ida for Gold MineConcerned citizens of Turkey)
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A petition to pressure Alamo Gold to stop is here:https://www.change.org/p/pressure-alamos-gold-to-stop-forest-massacre-in-turkey-alamosgoldinc-canada-justintrudeau

CBC article:https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/turkey-cdn-mine-alamos-protest-1.5237104

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Nova Scotia Ministry of Energy and Mines Withholds Toxic Leak Information

“Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) members, the 900 signatories to our petition opposing gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the population of Tatamagouche are shocked by the news that the Ministry of Energy and Mines has withheld information about a leaking exploration drill hole contaminating the French River Watershed area with arsenic and iron” says SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins.

“The government has been in conversation with Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) many times since the polluting leak was discovered but not once has the leaking well been mentioned, risks explored or remediation efforts discussed. As I understand it the government has taken a hush- hush and wait and see approach” says Perkins. “It makes me wonder if the current governments open for business approach means open for business whatever the human or environmental cost” notes Perkins.

Nova Scotia already is known as a most mining – friendly place given its lax regulatory requirements and enforcement and it is this lax approach that has heightened the concerns of Tatamagouche area citizens. Minister Derek Mombourquette’s Op-Ed in January 2019 Tatamagouche Light assured residents that “ Communities have an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the exploration process” but SuNNS is now asking “how does Energy and Mines not telling Colchester County about a failed, leaking exploration drill site meet the Ministers promise?

Perkins also notes “this purposeful withholding of information – especially from the municipal water authority –about an ongoing leak adds to a complete lack of faith in the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Provincial Regulatory and enforcement frameworks”.
SuNNS demands the proper authority act to cap the contaminating drill hole!
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to withhold any issuing of a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area. “ It never made sense before and less now; the Request for Proposals should be abandoned” says
Perkins.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected “status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.
SuNNS will make a formal request to meet the Premier regarding this serious threat to the Tatamagouche water
supply.
SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins concludes “I think it is fair to say that the government and any interested mining companies should expect a monumental increase in local citizen opposition to gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed.
Media Contact: John Perkins, Phone, 902-657-0406 or

Ministry of Energy and Mines Backtracks on No Plan to Cap Contaminating Drill Hole

John Perkins spokesperson for Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia says “SuNNS membership and Tatamagouche area residents are pleased to hear the Ministry of Energy and Mines is committed to capping a leaking exploration drill hole in the French River Watershed”.

Perkins notes “this is a big change in the Ministry of Energy and Mines
approach to this contaminating drill hole.” Frances Willick reported in a January 25 CBC article that Don James, Ministry of Energy and Mines, had stated “the responsibility for the hole now rests with the landowner”. “Mines and Energy’s reversal indicates the power of a Free Press, the effectiveness of local community advocacy groups like SuNNS and the power of municipal governments to bring pressure on the provincial government” says Perkins.
“The contaminating drill hole sits in the French River watershed, the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche, so I think the Municipality of Colchester and area Councilor Michael Gregory were very upset when Mines and Energy failed to contact them regarding their plans to not address the polluting drill hole” says SuNNS member Paul Jenkinson.
“The discovery of one uncapped contaminating drill hole on Warwick Mountain and the possibility of more leaking drill holes has raised the spectre of 780 other unmonitored mining exploration drill holes across the province”, Perkins notes.
SuNNS is asking the Ministry of Energy and Mines to immediately instruct staff to visit all drill hole sites and return in 6 months with a report on their condition.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to issue an order that any polluting drill holes be immediately capped by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, upon discovery of their “leaking” status.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to remove new regulatory language that allows landowners to request wells remain uncapped.
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to abandon plans to issue a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected“ status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.

Gold Water Documentary Revealing

Gold Water Documentary Revealing

Cliff Seruntine, documentary filmmaker, has unleashed a visually beautiful, emotionally poignant, intellectually pointed and politically painful film onto the Nova Scotia political, business and environmental landscape. Gold Water highlights the provincial government’s cozy relationship with the gold mining industry and its devastating effect on the Nova Scotia environment, towns and citizens.

Gold Water examines the government’s “open for business” approach to Canadian gold mining companies who are currently operating the Moose River Touquoy Gold Mine with plans for four other Eastern Shore gold mines. Additionally, Gold Water questions how a provincial government, sworn to protect its citizens could be promoting advanced mining exploration and mine development in the Warwick Mountain, French River Watershed near Tatamagouche, NS. The documentary highlights the voices of citizens associated with Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) as they lay out the case for never putting a gold mine in a watershed that is the sole source water, of a sustainable, thriving, tourist friendly community.

Gold Water highlights the possibility that the provincial government is in fact not working for the welfare of its citizens and in fact has been overwhelmed by the lure of quick revenues associated with gold mining and its boom and bust cycle. A more ominous possibility is offered by Gold Water filmmaker Seruntine and independent journalist Joan Baxter when they both examine the idea of “corporate capture”. The film examines how corporations move many of their experts into government bureaucracies, have them craft regulations favorable to industry, have government members champion the business case and later provide employment for those functionaries when their time in government is completed. This phenomena is well known in the United States but the film asks, is this what is happening in Nova Scotia?

The massive impact of the Moose River (Touquoy) Gold Mine on that now nonexistent town, the devastation experienced by citizens who lived through land expropriation, the impending environmental disaster contained in the Moose River tailings ponds, all of these Moose River realities are compared to the still unknown fate of the French River Watershed and the town of Tatamagouche should any gold mine exploration or development be government permitted.

Gold Water gives viewers an aerial view into the Moose River Touquoy Mine scar scape, just the tip of the long- term environment impact that Nova Scotia citizens will have to clean up after the mining companies are gone. The filmmaker and the voices of SuNNS’ members encourage the viewer to analyse what is happening in the government gold mining lobby and industry partnership encouraging citizens to become active in opposing this short-term boom and bust industry. As Cliff Seruntine says, “ people want something done… it will be an uphill fight …it’s a fight worth making, its starts now with taking a stance to protect our good water and making sure it doesn’t become gold water.”

Link to Gold Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br-em_AafkY&feature=youtu.be Contact Information: Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia

Media Contact Paul Jenkinson Ph: 604-613-5417 (Tatamagouche) Email: pandljenkinson@gmail.com