Blasting for coal in town creates too much risk

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To the editor,
Recently there was a meeting held in the Town of Stellarton concerning the Pioneer Coal company wanting to blast a rock base so they could mine more coal. 

I think the time has come to put a stop to Pioneer Coal to blast anything, as well to strip mining. All they are doing is raping the landscape and creating risk with blasting of rock anywhere near the Town of Stellarton. The town has mine workings running in all directions. So by blasting, sound waves would travel in all directions – just what would that do to the old mine tunnels as well to the basements of homes in the community?

Now, as to Mr. Chisholm asking for a convenient time to blast, there is no convenient time to blast in or around the town. The people have the right to live a quiet life and not put up with dust from a strip mine, let alone blasting. So I say the time has come to close the mine and try and put the landscape back to normal as it was before. All it is now is one big mess.

Loyd Murray

New Glasgow

Geographic location: Stellarton, New Glasgow

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  • Jonn Brown
    September 21, 2014 - 09:33

    I work in blasting in Halifax, and I hate to tell you Loyd, but it isn't a lot of risk. We blast sometimes only 5 to 10 feet from houses. Blasting isn't just putting explosives in the ground and setting it off. It's a controlled, measured, timed and precise operation. Air blast, ground vibration etc etc all measured and controlled, Even wind direction and ceiling are taken into account, creating VERY LITTLE RISK to basements if close to your home. If a few KM away? No risk, you're just paranoid. You should research subjects before writing articles, because your ignorance is appalling. Blasting is an extremely safe method of moving rock compared to the same method in the 60s or 70s. By your standards road construction should be stopped because it stops your quiet life. But then, I bet you complained the last time they did work on your road too.

  • Jonn Brown
    September 21, 2014 - 09:31

    I work in blasting in Halifax, and I hate to tell you Loyd, but it isn't a lot of risk. We blast sometimes only 5 to 10 feet from houses. Blasting isn't just putting explosives in the ground and setting it off. It's a controlled, measured, timed and precise operation. Air blast, ground vibration etc etc all measured and controlled, Even wind direction and ceiling are taken into account, creating VERY LITTLE RISK to basements if close to your home. If a few KM away? No risk, you're just paranoid. You should research subjects before writing articles, because your ignorance is appalling. Blasting is an extremely safe method of moving rock compared to the same method in the 60s or 70s. By your standards road construction should be stopped because it stops your quiet life. But then, I bet you complained the last time they did work on your road too.

  • just thinking
    May 28, 2014 - 22:12

    that sound westvillain was likely coming from that big army tank that new Glasgow bought.

  • Westvillain
    May 27, 2014 - 08:15

    the day the royals were in town, our house shook here in Westville. We didn't know what it was, but this explains it. We figured it was some sort of canon salute somewhere in town.

  • trucker
    May 26, 2014 - 22:46

    more jobs lost pictou county and no one seems to care,we are going down hill fast.

  • Robert Muise
    May 20, 2014 - 21:45

    Let me guess Allan you don't live near the mine.

  • Allan I
    May 18, 2014 - 15:29

    Let me guess Loyd, you are retired and do not care about the current economy of Pictou County?