Gravel Pit – Update from MLA Drever’s Office
On Tuesday, February 14th the MLA’s office met with the West Springs Cougar Ridge Community Association to provide an update following the community discussion on February 4th.
- Following the community discussion, MLA Drever had a meeting with Minister Brian Mason, of Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure. MLA Drever was able to convey the concerns that came out of that meeting, and also the request that included monitoring for air quality and a “shelter belt” of trees to be planted within the initial 10 metres between the property line and the berm. The request to have the gravel crusher moved to another site was also conveyed to the minister.
- These requests are currently being reviewed by Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure. The request for 3rd party air quality monitoring has already been confirmed.
** Each and every letter and email received by the constituency office since the community discussion on February 4, has been shared with the ministerial staff that have been working with us since December. You are encouraged to continue to send your letters and emails to the constituency office as this helps to bring the collective voice of the community, common concerns and messages of support directly to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Regarding the health concerns of dust and gravel production:
- Public health is the first concern of KGL and Alberta Transportation, and they will be taking every precaution to protect the health of you and your family while construction is underway and gravel operations are active over the next 4 years.
- Silica is present in gravel across the province and Calgary is no exception. Silica dust is created during construction-related activities like gravel production, brick laying, demolition and concrete work.
- Please note that neither KGL nor Alberta Transportation would allow contractors to work in an unsafe environment, and they will be in closer proximity to the dust created by the mining and crushing operations over the next 4 years than adjacent residents.
- Environmental legislation exists that will ensure that fine particulate silica dust remains below the levels required for the health and safety of both construction staff and nearby residents. The MLA’s office is working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Parks, and Alberta Transportation to provide the community with a thorough break down of what those requirements are.
- ** Air quality will be monitored throughout the life of the gravel pit.
In addition to monitoring, the contractor will have strict dust management process in place as dictated by the “Guidelines for Acquiring Surface Material Dispositions on Public Land” document.
- Here is a link to the PDF version of this guideline: http://aep.alberta.ca/lands-forests/land-management/documents/GuidelineSurfaceDispositionsPublicLand.pdf
- Sections of interest include: 2.8.3 – Environmental Reports, 8.8- Dust Control and 8.10 Noise control.
- The crusher will be a safe distance from residences. It will be locating in the gravel quarry, once the layers of top soil and clay have been removed to uncover the aggregate.
- As the quarry becomes deeper with excavation, the crusher will be further and further removed from ground level and any wind conditions on the surface. The majority of dust created by the crusher will be confined to the quarry.
- Added measures include, spraying water will producing the gravel to suppress dust both in and round the crusher as well as on the surface.
- Stockpiles will be seeded and watered to reduce erosion.
The conversation about this project is ongoing:
- As the project develops the community has the opportunity to report misconduct or neglect of the project guidelines. You can call the project’s 24 hour telephone line at 403-212-0565 or email info@SWCRRproject.com with any questions or concerns and for more information on all aspects of this project.
- MLA Deborah Drever is working with the Ministry of Transportation to get clear and concise answers to the community concerns regarding health, remediation, the timeline and further mitigation measures like the “shelter belt”. Once we have clear and concise information, a mail out will be delivered by Canada Post to the community which will also include contact information and ways to stay informed.
- The constituency office will continue to communicate updates and correct information to residents through the Community Association and the office of Cst. Damian Price the Community Resource Officer in a timely and respectful manner.