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drains our water


Water is one of the most precious resources we have, but Rise Gold plans to pump out 3.6 million gallons every day for 6 months and another 1.2 for up to 80 years - damaging creeks, destroying habitat, and putting 300+ private wells at risk. 


Mine "dewatering" risks depletion of our region's groundwater, which could impact drought-related scarcity and the future price of water. In addition, more than 300 private wells in the mineral rights area and nearby are at risk of failing or becoming contaminated.


The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the mine is based on reports paid for by Rise Gold,  who claims they have “best experts”. They claim only 30 wells near Bennett Road are at risk of failing, but our community has its own experts and they've found serious flaws in that analysis – raising significant concerns about negative impact on more wells and the area's groundwater. 

impact to habitat

Rise Gold's plans to "dewater" the abandoned tunnels which means treating little South Fork Wolf Creek like a storm drain and damaging the downstream riparian zone. They also plan to completely erase 75 acres of woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral, replacing it with giant built up pads of mine waste that will kill all plant life and destroy all animal habitat. See some of the animals at risk. 


Here are some talking points that can help.

  • 3.6 million gallons of treated wastewater will be released every day into South Fork Wolf Creek for 6 months, then 1.2 million gallons a day after that.

  • Mine dewatering risks depletion of our region's groundwater, impacting drought-related scarcity and the future price of water.

  • Many hundreds of private wells are at risk because groundwater impacts of mining are truly unpredictable.

    • Rise Gold's claims of "zero risk to wells" are based on a flawed, privately funded hydrology study.

    • Potential well risks include: reduced output, contaminated water, or complete failure with no clear plan for a reliable or affordable replacement source.

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