Pitt Meadows, BC: The City of Pitt Meadows applauds the decision of The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to cancel the application to expand a mining operation in the Sheridan Hill area of Pitt Meadows.
The application, which proposed a new quarry operation on the south side of Sheridan Hill fronting onto McNeil Road, would have resulted in the removal of the southern peak of Sheridan Hill, reducing its elevation by approximately 30 metres and caused the removal of 1,400 cubic metres of trees. After considerable opposition by the City and the Katzie First Nation, who claim Sheridan Hill as a sacred genesis site where their people originated over 12,000 years ago, the cancellation of the application is welcome news by the two communities.
“This is a win for both Pitt Meadows and the Katzie First Nation,” said Mayor John Becker. “Because we have built a good working relationship with one another, we were able to work together to oppose this application and produce tangible results.”
“The mine was not good for Pitt Meadows and failed to respect the sacred history of the Katzie First Nation. We look forward to working together on other long-term solutions to shared interests.”
The City and the Katzie First Nation hosted a rally in February 2015 to oppose the application, which was attended by an estimated 350 people. City and Katzie representatives also travelled to the Legislature in March 2015 to protest the application and to deliver hundreds of opposition letters and a petition with over 4,000 signatures to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at the time, Minister Bill Bennett, and then-Minister of Environment, Mary Polak.
More information on the Sheridan Hill application can be found at pittmeadows.bc.ca.