Don’t run experiment so close to our homes

Published on June 4, 2012 by

Re: Project worries landfill neighbours, May 24.

The world is huge. Every day, a million decisions are made for us and sometimes it feels as if we have absolutely no say.
What can one person do to change the world we live in?
German Mills Settlers’ Park will be turned into the site of a trial project to remove methane from landfill unless something is done, not by the government, but by us.
Many of us have come to love the ravine just off John Street.
Personally, it’s one of my favourite spots, a reminder that the whole world isn’t covered in concrete – at least not yet.
The new project, while eco-friendly, and I must admit, revolutionary, should not be carried out so close to residential housing.
Not only will it seriously decrease the value of all of the houses, but harmful fumes can be emitted and the excess moisture may attract mosquitoes that can carry West Nile virus.
The site will also be less than a kilometre away from an elementary school and while I highly doubt small children will manage to make their way there without being spotted, any fumes that escape or leaks that occur could easily make their way to the school on the wind.
Fact is, people always say they can’t make a difference, and maybe they’re right, but I am begging you to try.
This is our community, our ravine, our health and our right to green space. I’m not going to lie down and let them take it from me, will you?

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