March 14, 2013 - 4:35 PM
By Jessica Wallace
Whether it's mothers concerned about the air, residents concerned about the location, environmentalists concerned about the land or a group entirely devoted to preventing it, the proposed Ajax Mine has been highly scrutinized.
The latest voice can be heard from a Kamloops resident in the form of an online petition.
Over 600 supporters have 'signed' the online petition in the form of registering their personal information in opposition of the proposed gold and copper open-pit mine near Kamloops' city limits.
The petition on change.org entitled 'Kamloops City Council: Oppose the development of Ajax Mine' was posted by Steve Knudson.
"The huge environmental destruction, anticipated health problems, damage to the air and water quality and lives of Kamloops citizens mean it must not be allowed to proceed," the petition reads.
The petition also includes an open-ended letter addressed to Kamloops City Council, Mayor Peter Milobar, local MLAs, the environment minister and the local MP.
The letter asks local politicians to, "represent this city and oppose the development of Ajax Mine."
It also goes on to hold them responsible.
"You will be partially responsible for the expected decline in the health of our children unless you take a strong stand against the mine….," the letter says.
The petition includes a list of reasons for signing posted by supporters.
A popular post written yesterday by Maureen Brown of Little Fort says, "The very proximity of the proposed mine-site to local residents does not allow for a 'margin of error', should these claims be mis-guided or incorrect…"
Another post by Dave Conroy of Kamloops written yesterday says, "Kamloops is a city maturing into a diverse, urban centre. Rebranding our city into a resource town is a step into the past…"
Mayor Peter Milobar said on Tuesday's council meeting that the city only gets a partial say in the project, and only through passing on public feedback.
Stakeholders are currently awaiting an environmental assessment to determine whether the next stage of planning will proceed.
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