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If approved, the mine β€” which would be 22 kilometres southwest of Squamish and eight km north of Port Mellon β€” would include a pit and a processing plant on 87 of the 320 hectares purchased by Burnco Rock Products in 2008. The mine would produce approximately one million tonnes of gravel a year for the next 20 years, according to company representatives.

Residents, some of whom called for the company to pack up and get out of town, cited air quality concerns and the threat to the newly rejuvenated Howe Sound marine life as their chief objections.

β€œIt’s only been in the last year or 18 months that we’ve seen dolphins in Howe Sound,” said Patrick Yearwood, a lawyer who owns property just south of the project.

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