Campbell Heights emissions fears ‘overblown’

Editor: Re: Brookswood residents petition for zero emissions (the Times, May 17)

This issue appears to be blown out of proportion with political opportunism, using the aquifer as a red herring.

This time, it’s a couple of light industry companies — Ebco, metal finishing process and Weir, rubber lined pipes and valves.

They have modern, sophisticated emissions control technology and sound like good light manufacturing job-producing businesses that most municipalities would welcome.

Langley City has lots of similar light industry emissions nearby. The wind blows in all directions, so why aren’t they considered and compared in the discussion?

Since they are all required to meet the Metro air emissions standards, just like the ones in the Township, what’s the big deal?

Coun. Petrina Arnason minimizes the importance of the jobs created, but is quick to signal how caring she is of the sacred Brookswood (drinking water) aquifer.

The Brookswood unconfined aquifer has some 4,500 septic tank/fields on the surface, and we are worried about some minor air emissions from Surrey?

Langley’s Brookswood-Fernridge Community Association (BFCA) activist group has been politically agitating against some new light industries in Surrey’s Campbell Heights Business Park. If you cry wolf and sensationalize every typical eco issue, how will we know when a real one matters?

Every one of us and every job creating process pollutes to some degree.

The purpose is how to accommodate and manage it proportionately.

Roland Seguin,

Fernridge