I am writing to say thank you to Chase council for taking the extra time to examine the Pinnacle pellet plant proposal more carefully.
The more I learn about Pinnacle’s other plants, the more concerned I become about how this plant would affect our town and I become more sure that the “golden future” for Chase lies in residential, not industrial.
I thought it was unfair to potentially place the poor folks across Chase Creek from the plant under a blanket of dust but I now realize the entire village could be affected in this way.
I made a conscious decision to leave Kamloops because of the relentless assault on my health and my senses that the pulp mill represented.
To have discovered paradise in Chase, only to have it potentially ripped away by another relentless polluter (in the form of Pinnacle and its 24-hour-a-day noise, light, air rail, road and water impacts) is a tragedy to me.
I wonder if there will be odours as well as dust and I have concerns around foreshore rights on Chase Creek. (I hope someone can address what water rights they attain with this purchase?)
We live 35 minutes from Kamloops right now and soon will be even closer. This makes us increasingly attractive to commuters, who will wish to come home to clean air and a pristine lake after the daily assault of “The Big Smoke.”
That desire will grow even stronger if the Ajax mine proceeds.
If the road to Sun Peaks becomes a reality, we stand to become a four-season town and that will attract even more residents and businesses. We need an intelligent residential plan, which incorporates protection of our water and preserves greenspace adjacent to Chase Creek. We can’t afford to zone this parcel as industrial.
It bothers me tremendously that the proximity of this proposal to our water and our citizens, would place industry and its attendant pollutants, noise, odours and carcinogens just metres from Chase Creek and residential neighbourhoods.
The vicinity of Adam’s Lake sawmill seems a more sensible area to locate this enterprise.
It is away from residential and the raw materials are right there!
Please look into Pinnacle’s impact on the other communities they occupy. Suggested words to look up online are “Pinnacle pellet complaints,” for a start. This is not the future we want for our wonderful village of Chase.
JOCELYN (JOEY) NASH