Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.
Using worst-case scenarios to implement the necessary prevention tools is certainly a prerogative. It is what the industry does. Taking only disasters into account to alarm the public without having to prove one's allegations is an entirely different matter. Would it not be more useful to support good practices rather than glossing over them?