Glacier National Park in Trouble with the U.N.By Rocky Thompson on May 26th, 2009
Uh oh. Glacier National Park might be the target of a non-binding resolution. Run for the fallout shelters everyone! Actually, the park, which spans the border into Canada (where those crazy Canuks call it Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park) is still open to prospective coal mining and a methane gas field. The southeastern corner of the British Columbia part of the park would be mined for about 18 million tons of rock and coal a year and the methane gas field would cover 500sq km. The danger is that the Flathead River on the western boundary of the park would carry those pollutants from the mining operation into Glacier. How a river on the western side of the park would carry in pollutants from a mining operation in the southeastern corner of B.C. is a logistical problem that I’ll leave to the experts. This U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meeting would be to add Glacier to the list of World Heritage Site in Danger and it would be the first North American spot added.