Save Our Water is a campaign to raise awareness about Sio Silica Corporation’s sand mining activities in southeastern Manitoba. The company has announced its intention to develop the Vivian Sand Processing Facility and Sand Extraction Projects. There are serious concerns about the potential impact on the environment, particularly the Winnipeg Sandstone and Red River Carbonate aquifers and associated drinking water and human health.
Manitoba Eco-Network (MbEN) along with coalition members Our Line in the Sand Manitoba (OLS), What the Frack Manitoba (WTFMB), and Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) are participating in a Clean Environment Commission (CEC) hearing as requested by the Minister of Environment, Climate and Parks.
The CEC hearing will allow us to review in detail the proponent’s Environment Act Proposal in an evidence-based and independent forum and allow us to find out if the impacts on drinking water and human health have been properly considered and addressed.
Our coalition is launching this campaign to raise at least $15,000 so that we can hire independent experts to provide testimony at the CEC hearing to voice our concerns to protect our water.
Please consider making a donation to our campaign. You can donate online at any time by clicking the button below, or send a cheque with the memo line "Save Our Water" to the address below. Donors will receive tax receipts. Manitoba Eco-Network is a Registered Charity (No. 128446846 RR0001).
Water flowing through active or abandoned mine sites can become polluted by the material being mined, resulting in acid drainage, as seen here in this abandoned open pit silica sand mine on Black Island. (photo, courtesy of Don Sullivan)
Mail a cheque to:
3rd Floor - 303 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2B4
Map outlining the scope of the proposed development. The yellow blocks east and west of the Red River are Sio Silica Corporation’s mine claims. This is one of Manitoba's largest claim areas ever given to a single company. It is also larger in size than the city of Winnipeg.
Please click on the images below to visit coalition members' websites to learn more about the issue.