Monday April 9, 2012
No Bowl of Cherries
Life is in the gravel pits for Deroche residents
Submitted by Sylvia Langmann, Deroche BC
Sylvia Langmann (C) opposing conflict gravel in front of the Lehigh Pit, Lougheed Hwy in the community of Deroche BC.
by-election issue should be about where aggregate mining should be located with-in the FVRD.
The present conflict that
is seething amongst many residents whose anger is about to explode
is regarding the flawed and biased Aggregate Pilot Project concocted
behind closed doors for 9 years with The Directors of the FVRD,
Randy Hawes, past Minister of Mines, and aggregate business men.
Rumor has it that the aggregate industry mapped areas they wanted
Public meetings were held to tell the public that their homes are located in a green area and the existing by-laws will not be enforced.
The argument is aggregate
is a vital commodity that creates jobs and the roads that are close
to the pits make it economically viable.
The questions of how is it
affecting the watershed that feeds into salmon spawning creeks,
lakes and the mighty Fraser and community wells need consideration.
The FVRD is surrounded by mountains but the trees and vegetation that are a vital part of life are scraped bare allowing the air shed to rain plumes of dust particles down from the pits. Silt flows into creeks. The discharge from the idling trucks, the pollution drifting in from Vancouver is trapped by the mountains and the air shed has more poison than Vancouver.
How will mining in our
community affect the children of the future when it is stealing from
our children today? Why should peoples lives be adversely affected
so that the 1% get rich?
Presently a gravel pit is
waiting for a permit to mine above a tourist camp ground, a salmon
spawning lake, the community of The Scowlitz First Nation, and
another community of over 300 homes.
A positive change needs to happen for our communities, for animals and our environment and it should start with our elected officials.
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