Editor, The Record:
The proliferation of gravel pits in the Fraser Valley is a concern for communities throughout the region. Yet another permit application further threatens the small community of Lake Errock. We have endured one, now exhausted, mine for enough years to know that gravel pits make extremely bad neighbours. Rather than reclaim the eyesore that is the old mine, as was the original promise, operators are seeking to double the size of the scar on the landscape and use the old mine as a staging and processing area, despite the acknowledged risks to traffic and the community’s concerns. It has been a year and a half since this application was made, and the community remains vehemently opposed.
What has become absolutely clear is that the permit process for gravel pits is designed for approval and to exclude the affected community’s concerns. The many problems with open gravel pits so close to our community are well documented and, should this permit be granted by the provincial government, it will demonstrate that the permit process is a sham. If Lake Errock cannot stop this mine, no community can.
Residents who live near the proposed site were not notified of the permit application, no sign has ever erected at the site, just a small advertisement in the newspapers of neighbouring towns.
If this permit application is granted, it will guarantee years, if not decades, of conflict between the mining interests and the community. So be aware citizens of the Fraser Valley, if this permit goes through, your community could be next.