NEWS BULLETIN file photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cassidy can’t support airport development

Environmental assessment needed on land overtop of aquifer, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: RDN facilitates development of airport lands, Aug. 8.

First, expansion of Nanaimo Airport lands on land legal non-conforming; now, the RDN supports full development, without there ever being a proper environmental assessment.

“OCP amendments would add language intended to safeguard the nearby Cassidy aquifer,” so near, the airport lies above the aquifer. You can expect the village of Cassidy will love the fast food outlets, hotels, retail stores, gas stations, pubs, restaurants, etc., likely in exchange for previously promoted water and sewage treatment, above the aquifer.

RELATED: Regional District of Nanaimo facilitating development of airport lands

Guess who will pay, when the government stipulated that the Nanaimo Airport was not to receive taxpayer dollars. All those businesses paving over the aquifer, using water in these times of shrinking water resources, on what was farmland in the midst of a farming community. Adjacent communities eyeing the aquifer for their own uses.

No matter the issue, industry and corporations do what they want in collusion with governments, and there appears to be no form of recourse to protect land and life.

Lavonne Garnett, Nanaimo


The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the writer and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Gabriola Island artist recounts creative journey, struggles in new memoir

Tammy Hudgeon presents ‘Tender Brave Spirit: An Expressive Life Almost Missed’

City of Nanaimo takes inventory of its land for official community plan review

Report recommends high-density residential development, identifies shortage of industrial land

Neighbours corral suspected impaired driver after crash in south Nanaimo

Car went off road, hit pickup truck and retaining wall before striking house on weekend

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district considers COVID-19 lessons in planning for fall

Elementary, secondary school committees formed to plan for next school year

Infringing festival finds a way to dance during pandemic

Crimson Coast Dance Society holding drive-in, micro and physically distanced events July 10-19

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

RCMP seek man facing sexual assault charges

Police believe he may be living on central Vancouver Island but also has a history in the Cariboo region

Most Read