As many of you are aware, the ongoing Burnco development is an issue to be aware of.
For the newer members here, Kelly Grant is TBYC's watchdog and environmental specialist who keeps an eye on the proceedings and works tirelessly to protect not only our club's interests, but those of the greater good in Howe Sound. Here is the latest news from Kelly on Burnco.
Please keep in mind, this information is for TBYC members only and is not considered public domain.
1. Burnco Rock Products issued their Public Consultation and Communications Plan, Rev 2.1 dated 12 Jan 16. It was made available to us in early February. Please see the link below if you want to review this 27 page document. It describes their communication process for the upcoming steps in their BC EAO: BC Environmental Assessment Office application.
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2. The SCRD : Sunshine Coast Regional District organized a 'working group' from local, provincial and federal government and First Nations, BC EAO and Canadian EA staff, Burnco and it's consultants to consider options for fish habitat. YESTERDAY, this working group was given a review period from 14 March - 13 April to review Burnco's BCEAO application.
3. Following this period, it is likely that the public review period will be announced. We will have perhaps as much as 1 - 2 weeks' notice (online and in local newspapers) regarding the public meetings and perhaps a month to write letters and respond online to Burnco's updated application. At that time, I will be emailing every TBYC member with a template of a letter or email to send to the various decision-makers regarding a decision. I will send out all the reasons why our club will be negatively affected by Burnco proceeding with their gravel mine. The perspectives are different than they were 2 years ago. We have much more information, we have many more stakeholders.
4. The Future of Howe Sound Society (I am TBYC's representative) recently received some communication from an Alberta community regarding their 10 year experience with a Burnco gravel mine beside their homes. When I get approval to distribute this communication, I will post it on this website.
5. This fight could be won by a decision from DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans). I understand that they have the jurisdiction to reject this project on the science data regarding the potential loss of fish stocks.
6. In January, Burnco applied to the SCRD to re-zone a portion of their property 'to allow for processing and some related uses'. Please copy and paste the link below in your browser for the staff report.
Given the Alberta economy, please ask yourselves if there will be any justification for this project on the issue of providing jobs to the Howe Sound area. I speculate that it is more than likely that these few Burnco jobs ( now estimated at 10 or less) will be given to experienced Alberta workers.
Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns.