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Burnco’s proposal to remove 25 million tonnes of gravel from the McNab Valley was based on processing the raw material on site prior to shipping.  Alternatives were considered during the Environmental Assessment process (2-50,51 July 2016 EIS) and processing offsite was stated as “Unacceptable, high transportation costs could threaten the viability of the Proposed Project”.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District was not convinced with the results of the Environmental Assessment Process and Ian Winn, Area Director for West Howe Sound that includes the McNab Valley summed up his position at the October 11th Planning and Development Committee meeting.  The motion to abandon first reading of a rezoning bylaw that would have permitted processing was unanimously supported by the board.

The Coast Reporter’s interview with Burnco’s official says the company is still committed to the project, however no new information was provided.   As alternatives to processing were not considered, the impacts of shipping all the raw materials offsite for processing were not assessed.  This change, we believe should trigger a reconsideration of the environmental assessment approvals should the project sill proceed.

For now, we thank the outgoing Director Ian Winn and the SCRD members for their decision to protect the ongoing recovery and future of Howe Sound.

Click here for more information on the background of the project.

 

2002 view of the McNab Creek valley where the proposed Burnco Gravel mine seeks to remove 70 hectares of land.

 

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