WMAN hosts free informational conference calls to provide WMAN participants access to expertise and updates on current issues facing mining-impacted communities. Below are samples from our 2013-2014 series.
Legal Issues: Ask a Lawyer | November 13th, 2013 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific Time
Are you a new group working to understand the legal issues around mining? Or are you a seasoned organization facing sticky legal situations that don’t quite require an expensive appointment with a lawyer, but you’re wondering about some aspect of your legal rights? Or are you are not sure your community group’s lawyer is knowledgable enough about the specifics of mining issues to help? Legal experts Maya Stano, Doug Wolf, Ramsey Hart and Jeffrey Parsons will give a brief overview of the most current issues facing affected communities before opening the call to your questions.
Understanding Canadian Mining Companies | November 21, 2013 11:30 am – 1:00pm Pacific Time
This session will attempt to explain Canada’s dominant role in the junior and mid-tier mining sector. Experts Ramsey Hart, Jen Moore, Justin Connidis and Joah Kuyek will present on the following topics before taking your questions:
Brief overview of the structure of the Canadian mining sector (domestic and international elements);
The low bar for registering on Canadian stock exchanges;
Canadian companies abroad – human rights and environmental conflicts;
Existing laws for corporate behavior and the Canadian government and civil society responses.
2014: A Year of Opportunities and Challenges in Protecting Special Places | December 16th, 11 am – noon Mountain Time
This session will chronicle efforts aimed at protecting special places threatened by proposed mining activity including the Pebble Mine fight, the Oak Flat Land Exchange, and the Campaign to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness.
Bonnie Gestring will provide an update on the Pebble Mine Campaign and discuss the campaign’s use of Section 404 c of the Clean Water Act. Her presentation is entitled: “ What is Section 404c of the Clean Water Act?” Bonnie is the Northwest Circuit Rider for Earthworks.
Roger Featherstone will give an update on the National Defense Authorization Act’s inclusion of the controversial Oak Flat Land Exchange. His presentation is entitled: “History and Implications of the Oak Flat Land Exchange.” Roger is Director of the Arizona Mining Reform Coalition.
Becky Rom will discuss the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The watershed of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is the site of up to nine proposed copper sulfide-ore mines. Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness is leading a locally based state and national campaign to permanently protect the watershed and the Boundary Waters from these proposed mines. Becky’s presentation is entitled: “The Boundary Waters Wilderness: More Precious than Copper.” She is the Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, and is Vice Chair of the Board of Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness.