Video of 2010 Fraser River Gravel Mining as 2011 Program Cancelled!


In February 2010, filmmaker Damien Gillis captured the gravel mining operations on the Fraser River with a team of expert biologists and local conservationists. Now, at the 11th hour, this year’s planned mining projects have been unexpectedly cancelled. The rationale given by DFO is logistical complications and low market prices for gravel, only confirming critics’ position that this program is not about reducing flood risks – and all about money. Watch this video to see what these huge mining operations really look like – and why the ecologically damaging program should be scrapped altogether. Be sure to check out this new report from common sense contributor Otto Langer on the subject as well.


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

6 thoughts on “Video of 2010 Fraser River Gravel Mining as 2011 Program Cancelled!

  1. Damien, you are awesome. Keep up the great work. The mindless pillaging of our resources has to stop. The BC government needs to realize that healthy ecosystems are our greatest natural resource, and they aren’t for sale!

  2. As Always / Great Work Damien and fellow citizens who actually care about this world we live in !
    Alos on the same gravel mining topic & the people responisble for privince wide defiance of respect for taxpayers concerns:

    I have some recent video footage on this gravel mining topic / perhaps your viewers might like to have a look and become informed. The peoples struggle continues.

    Thanks again !

  3. As a retired construction manager the way the project is being done makes little sense – strictly viewing this a a project to mine gravel to haul a short distance to A a gravel screening plant, the use of highway trucks is wrong and off road trucks would reduce the costs by approximately 25 %.
    Looks more to me like a make work project or gift to some well place friends in the trucking business.

  4. Great work guys – HST Scammer Scambell needs as much gravel as possible for all his highway building projects.

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