Friday, May 18, 2012

Ajax Mine & Kamloops

The south end of our lovely city, Kamloops, is the proposed site for the KGHM Ajax Mine [open-pit copper and gold mine]. Part of it would be within city limits. My husband, atmospheric physicist Robert Schemenauer, has addressed city council and some local media about weather-related concerns associated with locating a mine so close to where 90,000 people live. These concerns include haze causing reduced sunshine and air quality. His interview with CFJC-TV is at http// [click link, find search box at upper right, and type in Ajax Weather Concerns].

Among other mine-related concerns are its potential impacts on:
-health [from breathing dust, toxic aerosols, etc.]
-noise levels [blasting is loud]
-ecosystems and wildlife [forests, grasslands, lakes, etc.]
-Kamloops' reputation as a pleasant place to live, work, play, and retire
-Kamloops' reputation as Canada's Tournament Capital
-tourism in general
-real estate values
-the economy
If you have questions, feedback, or expertise relating to these concerns, I'd encourage you to share them with government, media, and/or the mining company. Following is some contact information.

KGHM Ajax Mining Inc.
330 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC
Canada V2C 2G2
T 250-374-5446

City of Kamloops
7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops
British Columbia, V2C 1A2
Ph 250 828 3311

Kevin Krueger
MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson
East Annex
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC
V8V 1X4      
Ph 250 952-7269 or 250 314-6031
Fax 250 952-7263 or 250 314-6040

BC Ministry of Environment
Ph 250 387-1161
Fax 250 387-5669

Honourable Terry Lake
BC Minister of Environment
Ph 250 387-1187
Fax 250 387-1356

Broadcast Centre (includes CFJC-TV, B-100 radio, and CIFM radio)
460 Pemberton Terrace
Kamloops, BC
V2C 1T5
Ph 250-372-3322
Fax 250-372-5229
NL Broadcasting Ltd.
611 Lansdowne Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 1Y6
Ph 250-571-5222, 250-374-1610
Fax 250-571-5241

Kamloops Daily News
393 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC
V2C 6P6
Ph 250-371-6149
Fax 250-374-3884

Kamloops This Week
1365B Dalhousie Drive
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5P6
Ph 250-374-7467
Fax 250-374-1033

Shaw Cable TV
180 Briar Avenue
Kamloops, BC
V2B 1C1
Ph 250-376-8888
Fax 250-312-7119

CBC Kelowna
Ph 250-861-3781
Fax 250-861-6644

Vancouver Sun/Province Newsroom
Ph 604-605-2000
Fax 604-605-2720

Edge Publishing Inc.
Downtown Echo, North Shore Echo, Seniors Own Echo
Ph 250-374-3246
Fax 250-374-3247
The Omega - Thompson Rivers University's Student Newspaper
900 McGill Road
Kamloops, BC
V2C 5N3
Ph 250-372-1272
Fax 250-372-5331

Senior Connector
The Seniors' Own Newspaper
Box 729
Kamloops, B.C.,
Canada   V2C 5M4
Ph 250-376-8883
Fax 250-376-8806



  1. My compliments to the Schemenauer duo for an informative and timely expression of concern re the Ajax mine proposal. It is my belief that the river basin, through which the South Thompson and Thompson Rivers flow, acts as a regurgitating siphon for the movement of large air masses. Can you imagine the city being continually bathed by dust and pollutants coming from an open pit mine as near as the Ajax property?

  2. I am totally against having a mine so close
    to our neighborhood, schools playgrounds etc.
    The pollution and damage it will do to our
    environment is beyond imagining.