Target: Ed Taje, Senior Inspector of Mines
Goal: Save coveted hill and protect human health from the devastating effects of a gravel mine operation.
The health of local residents and the integrity of a treasured hill are in danger from the proposal to operate an invasive open-pit gravel mine. The mine will destroy the small mountain and degrade air quality. Action must be taken now before this mine destroys such a coveted landmark.
Known as Meadows Quarry, this proposed open-cast gravel mine could remove the top 30 meters of Sheridan Hill in British Columbia, Canada. The small mountain is sacred to the Katzie Indian tribe and is actually part of the tribe’s territory. Sheridan Hill is significant to the Katzie and other Indian Nations in the area because it played a significant role in their genesis story. The story claims that the first chief called on the great creator at the peak of Sheridan Hill to help make the waterways and shape the land.
The area is already home to another gravel quarry on the opposite side of the hill. Residents do not want another eyesore, nuisance, and polluter. The mine hopes to extract 240,000 tons of rock per year for the five years of operation. The company will destroy the soil, clear trees, and deface the mountain completely. Trucks will roll through the area seven days a week, putting stress on roads and causing noise pollution. Air pollution by dust particulates is a major concern for nearby residents. With enough exposure, workers and residents could develop serious respiratory conditions such as silicosis, a health problem that develops from exposure to silica, the most popular compound in the earth’s crust.
Currently, the Meadows Quarry does not need to go through an environment assessment because the proposed annual mining haul is 10,000 tons less than the 250,000 tons required for an assessment. The lack of an environmental review just shows that the mining company does not care about the health of citizens or the permanent environmental damage that will ensue on this treasured hill. By signing this petition, you are urging British Columbia’s Senior Inspector of Mines to deny the request of this mine and demand that an environmental assessment be conducted before any decision is made.
Dear Senior Inspector Taje,
The proposed Meadows Quarry on Sheridan Hill will destroy a beautiful and coveted mountain as well as put local citizens’ health at risk. The open-cast gravel mine will reduce the mountain by 30 meters. The Katzie Indian Band will have to endure the destruction of this mountain that has historical significance to their culture and their genesis story.
The gravel quarry hopes to remove 240,000 tons of gravel per year. To the advantage of the mining company, this mine does not require an environmental assessment because it has proposed to yield 10,000 tons less than the 250,000 tons required for an environmental review. This is not safe. Gravel mining is associated with airborne particulates that could degrade human health and cause serious respiratory issues. Please save this sacred land from a mining company just hoping to deface a beautiful, natural landmark for monetary gain.
[Your Name Here]
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