Lehigh Hanson Materials is facing co-ordinated opposition to its proposed gravel quarry near Desolation Sound, British Columbia, reports Powell River Peak.
Opposition comes from non-profit society Save Desolation Sound formed in January after Alberta-based aggregate company Lehigh Hanson Materials applied to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources last fall for an exploratory licence to conduct bore-hole testing near Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park.
Lehigh Hanson is conducting a “high-level investigation” to develop the quarry with potentially 70 million tonnes of gravel. The site is near Lloyd Creek, about three miles northeast of the marine park boundary.
“The decision on this application, for the investigative phase, will not influence any decisions on further applications for any future operations,” stated Brian Kukulies, land officer for the province’s Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District, in the letter.
The exploratory work is expected to start after the Labour Day weekend and drilling will not be visible from the shoreline and noise not audible to park users, stated Kukulies.
“Lehigh Hanson is committed to performing these exploratory activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” the company says in a media release, “and will seek every opportunity to minimize disruption to the area.”