CJMP News Feature - Save Desolation Sound (June 24 2016)

Jun 24, 2016 by Carrie

Thursday evening a group of concerned citizens held an informational meeting and fundraising dinner at the Royal Vancouver Yacht club. The group is called Save desolation Sound and is a newly created non-profit. They are organizing against a proposed gravel pit that would be located at the Lloyd Creek area, north of the designated Desolation Sound provincial park.

The company behind the proposed pit is Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited, which employs nearly 2000 Canadians. The company is owned by HeidelbergCement of Germany, which operates in more than 40 countries. They deal in cement, concrete and heavy building products.

On June 10, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations made an offer to Lehigh Hanson Materials in regards to an investigative licence to dig in Desolation sound. Once the company signs off on the offer, the licence is considered issued, and the proposed investigative activities would move forward.

We spoke with Russell Hollingsworth, one of the Save Desolation Sound board directors.

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