Must have been a hot time in the old town, 300+ written submissions. Minutes copied here.
And they petitioned the Premier, too!
Opponents of a Chase pellet plant say they would consider a class-action lawsuit against proponent Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group if the project were to proceed.”If you have a baseline of what your air quality is, and they come in and they change that air quality in a negative way, then they are going to be accountable to everyone who is breathing that air,” Jocelyn Nash said Sunday.
“It makes it terribly foolhardy for industry to come in and pollute to their heart’s content.”
Indeed. The rest of the story here..
The project was pitched as a job generator in the town of Chase.
A 40 million dollar wood-pellet manufacturing plant proposed for an old sawmill site close to downtown.
more at the CBC site…
A B.C. renewable energy company intends to build a $40-million wood-pellet manufacturing plant on an old sawmill site near downtown Chase.
If village residents and council approve, the Aylmer Road facility would employ about 25 locals and provide an additional 15 offshoot jobs, particularly in transporting wood to the site, said Leroy Reitsma, president and CEO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group.
“There’s probably 40 jobs in Chase that would be directly tied to that operation,” Reitsma told The Daily News. “Then there’s obviously the spin-off with increased rail activity et cetera.”
BURNS LAKE, B.C. – Three mill workers have been injured in a fire and explosion at a wood pellet plant in northern B.C.
Leroy Reitsma, the president of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, says the incident happened during a maintenance shutdown at a facility near Burns Lake.
more at the pest
I am writing to you from Chase, B.C.
We are a village of 2,600 citizens in a narrow valley at the confluence of Little Shuswap Lake and the South Thompson River.
At present, we enjoy clean air, abundant wildlife — such as eagles, osprey, big horn sheep, bears and several species of salmon and trout, in a quiet, small-town atmosphere.
I am writing because we need your help.
In the middle of our village, on Chase Creek, just meters from residential homes, is 25 acres of land that is presently zoned residential, in accord with our Official Community Plan.
Our problem is this — Pinnacle Pellet is proposing to open a pellet plant on this land and our city council seems very close to rezoning this land for that purpose.
Those of us opposed to this plan have become aware of the proposal somewhat late, in a very hurried process and are running to catch up.
Our next Village Council Meeting on this issue, after which they propose to vote, was Nov. 12.
It is our hope that citizens of your town would, please, write to the citizens of our town and let us know what it is like to have Pinnacle Pellet as a neighbour.
Sharing your real life experience with what has been billed as a “state-of-the-art” factory would be a great service to your neighbours in Chase.
I propose that you send those letters to email@example.com (me) and firstname.lastname@example.org (Chase city council).
You could certainly also direct them to the Salmon Arm Observer and Kamloops This Week.
Jocelyn (Joey) Nash
and a note from the editor too…
posted Oct 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM
I read the blurb in the Tribune Sept. 25, 2012 on how wonderful the Pinnacle Pellet Plant is working.
I can’t help but think this is done for the public to mitigate what a stinking, noisy, smokey eyesore it is for the town of Williams Lake.
editorial comment here