No Mountains Will Be Moved in the Upper Flathead
“In 2011, the BC government banned energy and mining development in the Flathead as a result of public pressure,” says Y2Y's Sarah Cox. “That’s the short answer.”
It’s a short answer, a long process, and a tremendous success. However, there are miles to go to achieve permanent protection for the upper Flathead Watershed, the wildly valuable “missing piece” of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Y2Y joined six other organizations, including Sierra Club BC, to unite a tight-knit team to oppose the most immediate threat to the upper Flathead: a mountaintop-removal coal mine.
These intense efforts helped influence a ban on mining and energy development that was agreed upon by governments on both sides of the border in 2010.
In 2011, the BC government passed legislation to make the ban law—a huge win and vital first step toward full protection. Now we await the same outcome in Montana.
As a member of the Flathead WILD campaign team, Y2Y contributed to the mining and energy development ban. Y2Y is currently helping to build a broad constituency of support for the next step in Flathead protection: national park designation.