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A few weeks back we had the story about the Coutlee Residents Committee and their opposition to a proposed gravel pit.

Nicola Valley Aggregates LTD. has proposed digging a new gravel pit, approximately two kilometers away from Merritt.

“We were stunned when we learned that the guy who’s bought it has an arraignment with somebody else to put in a gravel pit,” said Robert Holmes.

A group of citizens calling themselves the Coutlee Residents committee have sent a letter to the Chief inspector of mines regarding a proposed gravel pit virtually across the street from the Village of Coutlee.

Spokesman for the committee Robert Holmes spoke to Q101 about the letter they sent to the Ministry of Energy and Mines that laid out 15 points of emphasis on why they oppose the project.

“Anybody that wants to put in a gravel pit has to follow the mines act and there are specific guidelines,” said Holmes. “The first thing on that list is public consultation and that has never taken place.”

Other items included the proximity to communities, noise and dust impacts, traffic considerations and groundwater impacts.

The Committee is now set to meet with Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart to relay their concerns and talk about the next steps.

“We are going to meet them at Brambles and hear their concerns with regards to the proposal for a gravel pit in their area. Talk about process, listen to concerns, and see where we go from there,” said MLA Tegart.

The meeting is set to take place this afternoon (March 12th) at 4pm at Brambles.


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