Vibrations rattling cups in Cherry Creek, says TNRD director; New Gold invited to meeting
NEWS/ TNRD — Residents of Cherry Creek are feeling the effects of work on the underground New Gold mine project, says regional director Ronaye Elliott.
She told the Thompson-Nicola Regional board of directors today she’s been hearing concerns from residents for a couple of months about cracking cement and rattling cups.
“I’m not complaining about New Gold,” she said. “New Gold is a good corporate citizen but they need to know this.”
She said Cherry Creek depends on wells for its water supply and people are worried they might become contaminated.
“The seismic vibration from the blasting is starting to move earth around the Cherry Creek area.”
Asked how residents could be certain New Gold was the cause of vibrations, Elliott said, “It’s just started since they started blasting.”
She asked the board to invite New Gold representatives to a board meeting to discuss the concerns.
But that is impossible! I have in my hand glossy pamphlet that assures me that modern mining practices have blasts that are “1000 times smaller than what could cause damage!” Blasts can’t possibly have adverse effects! Today’s mines have “21st century technology” and are different than those pesky mines of the past! KGHM says so….why would New Gold be any different?
I have a copy of that same glossy propaganda. It’s so nice and shiny it must be true. And Ajax promises zero impact. It must just be a complete coincidence that people are feeling vibrations and their walls are cracking right around the time New Gold started blasting.