What You Can Do

Donate to Sandy Pond Alliance

You may also send donations to:

Sandy Pond Alliance
c/o Sierra Club Canada
P.O. Box 1501
354 Water Street
St. John’s, NL  A1C 5N6

Please contact us at Sandypond2@nl.rogers.com  for more information.

Tell Environment Minster Peter Kent to scrap Schedule 2
Fill out this webform letter to Minister Kent telling him to close the Schedule 2 loophole and protect Canadian lakes!

Contact the Federal Fisheries Minister

Using Sandy Pond as a waste dump requires a change in federal regulations pertaining to mine wastes, called the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations. Allowing Sandy Pond to become a tailings pond for metal processing plant will destroy this water body and lead the way for the destruction of lakes and rivers across the country. What is more, this will stretch the regulations to include mining processing plants, not just mines – which expands the number of water-bodies placed in jeopardy and the number of chemical that may be dumped into them once they are allowed to become waste dumps.

Contact the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Honourable Gail Shea and your MP to express your concern that the federal government is attempting to change the rules to benefit mining companies rather than protect our most precious common resource: water.
Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Phone: (902) 882-4493 or (902) 432-6899
Fax: (613) 992-1974
E-mail: Shea.G@parl.gc.ca
Web Site:  http://www.gailshea.ca/EN/4741

To find the address for your MP, click here.

Contact Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Leaders

Provincially and nationally, we are at a turning point: do we destroy our freshwater resources or do we protect them?

1. Contact Newfoundland’s Minister of Environment and Conservation, Honourable Ross Wiseman, and provincial party leaders and ask them to pull the plug on using lakes, ponds, and rivers as waste dumps.

Ask them to consider how we can continue to pollute and ask future generations to clean up our mess, and ask why Vale Inco is not being required to meet a higher standard for keeping the environment clean and safe?

Ask why we don’t require mining companies to seek out alternatives to using lakes and rivers as waste dumps, such as constructing safe impoundment areas and providing incentives to reduce waste from mining and mineral processing industries?

Contact info:

The Honourable Ross Wiseman, NL Minister of Environment and Conservation

Tel: (709) 729-2577
Fax: (709) 729-0112
Email: rosswiseman@gov.nl.ca

Yvonne Jones, NL Liberal Party Leader
Toll Free: 1-866-726-7116
Phone: (709) 754-1813
Fax: (709) 726-7164, yvonnejones@gov.nl.ca

Lorraine Michael, NL NDP Party Leader
Phone: (709) 729-0270
Fax: (709) 576-1443
E-mail: lorrainemichael@gov.nl.ca

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