New dump in wrong location

Forceman Ridge Landfill will be bad for Clearwater Lakes system and surrounding ecology

Cheryl Brown,

Terrace, B.C.

Dear Sir:

The fundamental flaw of the Forceman Ridge Landfill is that it is in the wrong place. For whatever reason in the early 1990s, without public involvement, it was decided that the site of the landfill would be on the hill, east of Onion Lake and then began the process to demonstrate that this was a suitable site.

Starting in 1997, three wells were dug indicating that the site was sitting on a great depth of porous sand and gravel. After preliminary study it was concluded that no leachate would be going into the Lakelse Lake system (instead it went to the Kitimat River) and in 2002 an application for land and permitting was made.

By the end of 2006 a dozen wells were in place and these showed leachate flows headed toward upper Clearwater Lake.  The opposite of what had been thought. This triggered a further two wells to be installed and by the end of 2009 the flow to Clearwater was confirmed. None of this information was shared with Fisheries, Environment Canada, BC Parks or the public.  However the permit for the landfill was issued in 2008.  None of this information was shared with the public.

Now that approaching a million dollars have been spent on this proposal we’re being told that treated leachate to the tune of quarter of a million liters per day will be dumped at the site but not to worry, it will meet aquatic standards.

No amount of expert mitigation (technology, knowledge and wisdom continue to unfold) can guarantee that this site will not fail sometime in the next 100  years and beyond.

This stuff lasts forever  contaminating the Clearwater Lakes system, the protected ecological wetlands at the South end of Lakelse Lake, the Lakelse Lake itself and then downstream to the Skeena by way of the Lakelse River, a rare class 1 fishing area.

Sure the regional district has done its best to make a bad decision better.

But the reality is – it is a bad decision and a bad idea.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

Conservation officers kill black bear near Terrace

Bear was getting into garbage in town, not afraid of humans

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine achieved carbon neutrality in 2019

The district reported net negative greenhouse gas emissions

Terrace Youth Soccer Association kicks off 2020 season

TYSA using a four phase approach starting with individual training

Surgeries in Northern Health area returning to pre-pandemic levels

Backlog of surgeries in area could take two years to clear

All community COVID-19 outbreaks declared over in B.C.

Abbotsford manufacturer cleared by Dr. Bonnie Henry

Ottawa jail inmates argue anti-COVID measures a breach of charter rights

The prisoners allege guards did not wear masks until April 25

Nestle Canada selling bottled water business to local family-owned company

The Pure Life bottled water business is being sold to Ice River Springs

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

President Donald Trump said the jobs report shows the economy is “roaring back”

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell was in an intimate relationship with Epstein for years

B.C. repairs COVID-19 emergency order for local government

Ombudsperson shut out as his recommendations implemented

More than 50,000 Coronavirus cases reported per day in US

Coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 US states

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC’s concerns

Despite health concerns from D.C.’s mayor, no one apparently will be required to wear masks

Canadian engineer detained in Egypt released, needs treatment, family says

Yasser Albaz was detained at the Cairo airport after a business trip in February of 2019

Most Read