March 31, 2014
Bee-Jay’s Excavating, Ltd. is seeking permission to operate a quarry in the township of Spallumcheen, British Columbia.
During a meeting last week, several residents expressed concerns about the quarry, including noise and dust, the Vernon Morning Star reports.
Bruce Shartner, the quarry applicant with Bee-Jay’s Excavating, told residents, ““We’re trying to be considerate to all the neighbours and balance everything.”
Eric Beresford, a mining consultant hired by Bee-Jay’s Excavating, said the company would have two trucks per day and plans to blast two to three times a year. He also noted that the products mined at the site would be used to control erosion, stabilize banks and finish bases.
The quarry would operate 200 days a year, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Vernon Morning Star points out that the Township council suggested the Ministry of Mines deny the application or approve it with eight conditions.
A report from Global News notes that the ministry doesn’t know yet when it will make a decision on the proposed quarry.