Landowners debate proposed landfill near D.C.


Photo: Representatives from the Bessborough Landowners’ Association address the Peace River Regional District on Thursday morning. (L-R) Ben Brown, Bonnie Lehmann, Sandra Mertin and Ben Brown – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

By Christine Rumleskie

Landowners in the South Peace approached the Peace River Regional District on Thursday looking for some help.

Members from the Bessborough Landowners’ Association attended the PRRD meeting to discuss the proposed Sunrise Waste Management Facility, which will be used as a disposal site for oilfield waste.

It’s being proposed by CCS Corporation, and would be located adjacent and to the south of the existing Bessborough Municipal Landfill, at 6688 – 237 Road, west of Dawson Creek.

Spokesperson Ken John says while nearby residents don’t oppose development in the area, the proposed landfill is just too close to neighbouring landowners. He explains, residents have concerns regarding the landfill’s impact on the environment, each resident’s quality of life, and the impact of the landfill on the value of private land.

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John says landowners would prefer that the landfill be relocated one mile further to the northeast, where there are no residents, and the drainage pattern would not flow into the Dawson Creek waterway.

The landfill still has to undergo an Environmental Assessment, and the landowners requested that the PRRD step-in before any decisions are made.

Director Lyman Clark says he fully agrees with the landowners.

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Directors voted unanimously to get staff to do some research into the matter, then write to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to reconsider the proposed landfill’s location.

Landowner Bonnie Lehmann says she was pleased with the board’s decision.