The Aug. 21 letter by spokesman Yves Lacasse (KGHM Planning ‘Zero Harm’ to City, Residents From Mine) is full of rhetoric and spin.
In the first paragraph, he comments on concerns about possible impacts of the mine held by “some” Kamloops residents.
Let’s be clear here, Mr. Lacasse, this “some” is probably between 35 to 60 per cent of the population, depending on how one tries to read the available estimates of the numbers.
I keep hearing this “zero harm” quotation being made. Let us be clear, again, Mr. Lacasse — an open pit mine, to be located less than two kilometres from the nearest primary school and sized somewhere between the Barringer meteorite crater and a hole made by a major payload nuclear device, which is imposed on “some” Kamloops residents, is never going to represent zero harm.
Finally, I am curious, at the very least, about Lacasse’s last paragraph:
“The results of the studies are not yet available, but we believe information about the comprehensive nature of the research underway will assure residents KGHM takes their concerns seriously.”
This statement, for me at least, is a bit of a paradox. If the study results, for what I assume are supposed to be independent studies, are not yet available, how are you able to make this comment?
Presumably, until the study results are known, they all could report that this KGHM caper is a terrible thing for Kamloops!
DR. CHRIS SLADDEN