I am writing to make your readers awareof a proposed toxic waste dump going in tothe Swan Lake watershed.
The company, Secure Energy Services ofCalgary, says that the location will be locatedapproximately four kilometres down theHeritage Highway. A company representativetold a group of residents at a meeting atthe Tupper Hall on May 27 that this locationis "cost effective" for them. The local residentsare concerned about the potential forwater contamination, increased traffic,noise and air pollution, and decreased propertyvalues. This particular site was twiceturned down on application from localfarmers for agricultural use for fear it wouldupset the watershed. We have been joinedby groups from Tomslake, Kelly Lake,Demmitt, Ducks Unlimited and the SwanLake Enhancement Society and are lookingfor help from the Dawson Creek area.
The day after the May 27 meeting, westarted a Facebook site called Just Say No toHazardous Waste Dumps in Residential/Recreational Areas and we now have over100 members. Please help us by writing aletter to the Environmental AssessmentOffice stating your reasons for not wanting atoxic waste dump on this site and askingthem to put the site in a non-residential areaaway from a watershed.
The address is: Ms. Nicole Vinette,Environmental Assessment Office, 1st Floor836 Yates St., PO Box 9426 Stn ProvGovernment, Victoria, BC V8W 9V1.The letters must be received by June 16.
You can also register your concerns onlineat their website www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Click onthe Heritage Secure button on the left handside. Our MLA Blair Lekstrom asks that yousend a copy of your letter to him so that hehas all of the information that he needs tohelp us with this problem. Please help ussave this lake and our rural way of life.