Washington State University - Vancouver, WA
Presented by the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and Washington State University, Vancouver. We'll be discussing how copper mines impact our daily lives, including both the proposed Pebble Mine and the proposed copper mine at Mt. St. Helens as very local examples.
The hard rock mining industry is the single largest producer of toxic waste in the United States and exists as one of the most environmentally destructive industries in the country. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 40% of watersheds of the western United States are contaminated by pollution from hard rock mines.
Mount St. Helens would seem to be the least likely place to face the threat of an industrial copper mining operation, yet, it faces that threat right now, today.
Ascot Resources Ltd., a Canadian mineral speculation firm, has already begun exploratory drilling just 12 miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens, off the banks of the Green River, which provides clean drinking water to communities of Southwest Washington.
Acclaimed author, director, and activist, Bill Carter (author of Boom Bust Boom: A Story of Copper, The Metal That Runs the World) will be speaking on the Washington State University Vancouver campus, discussing America's reliance on copper, its critical impact on the U.S. economy and global competitiveness, and potential impacts on the environment communities, and economies of SW Washington.
Please join us for a keynote presentation from Bill Carter, prefaced by presentation by the Gifford Pinchot Task Force on our work to prevent hard rock mining near the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Reception and author meet & greet to follow
Attendance free and open to the public. VDEN 110 is located in the Dengerink Administrative Building