KGHM eases concerns over slope instability in Aberdeen

By Chad Klassen
March 16, 2016 - 3:52pm Updated: March 16, 2016 - 5:41pm

KAMLOOPS — The second information session on Ajax mine, hosted by the B.C. Environment Assessment Office wraps on Wednesday night. One of the concerns about the proposed mine is slope stability in Aberdeen and how that may be affected with the operation in close proximity. 

Aberdeen Hills has a history of slope instability, and there is potential for large-scale landslides in the area associated with the combination of presence of bedrock, as well as high groundwater pressure.

There are concerns that vibrations from open-pit blasting could trigger landslides in Aberdeen Hills, which is nearly three kilometers away from the project. But KGHM says how the mine operation is designed, it won't be an issue. 

"There's a divide between where the mine is and Aberdeen that prevents any movement of the water from where Ajax is into that side of the mountain where Aberdeen is," says Ajax Project Manager Clyde Gillespie. "[Scientists] have found, even though we will have the mine that will draw down water in the area of the pit, it won't affect the Aberdeen side."

There's still an opportunity for residents to submit their comments and concerns about the Ajax mine to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office until April 11th. 

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