LETTER: Environmental risks must be considered

Can we find a safer property in Summerland where we will still reap the economic benefits?

Dear Editor:

Before the last municipal election, land issues in Summerland created controversy.

Many residents seemed to vote based on environmental stewardship values.

Now another controversy around land use has appeared. So how is council reacting?

A staff position with one of their responsibilities being to “promote environmental stewardship within the community” leads one to believe that the environment has finally become a serious priority in the decision making process in Summerland. But is it?

We now see several of our municipal representatives and municipal staff appearing to endorse this giant condo development not paying much heed to several possible environmental risks. What are we to think?

A condo development, such as the Banks Crescent project, is a good economic idea. Putting it in an isolated bowl where the aquifer is at risk is not a good idea.

Vancouver is presently disposing of two million litres of water a day due to a puncture in the aquifer in a trendy Vancouver neighbourhood.

This is after spending $11 million to deal with it initially.

Can we afford to take a chance? Could we possibly find a safer property to build on where we will still reap the economic benefits?

Unfortunately, it may have to be a different project.

Four years ago we elected a municipal government that we thought valued our unique yet fragile environment. What has happened?

Paul Barber and Charlotte Burley

Summerland

Just Posted

Okanagan Regional Library names new CEO

Don Nettleton, who has been with ORL for 24 years, takes over from Stephanie Hall

Flooding danger reduced in Faulder

Evacuation alert rescinded for 60 properties in the community of Faulder

Twin Lakes armouring against flooding

Canadian Armed Forces personnel assist with further flood mitigation

COLUMN: A special moment worth celebrating

Reflecting on a declaration of love, a commitment to faithfulness and a promise to journey together

They came for a good time on Shuswap Lake

Trooper plays for hundreds on Shuswap Lake this past May Long weekend

Penticton homeless campers devastated by park cleanup

Two women, in their 50s and 60s, said they felt like giving up after their only home was cleared out

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Evac alerts rescinded for over 1,100 Similkameen properties

That includes 663 properties in Electoral Area “B” and Electoral Area “G” and 589 in Keremeos

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

Size, cost set for proposed Vernon cultural facility

Size of new home for museum and art gallery is about 58,000 square feet; cost is $40 million

SilverStar reaches new heights with gondola

Vernon ski resort installing new feature, with opening date set for July 7

Most Read