Group says biosolids roadblock will stay until legally required to move

A roadblock set up on Monday by biosolids protestors remains in place Thursday near Chase.

Turtle Valley resident Connie Seaward said the group is on a rotating schedule and could remain at English Road near the Turtle Valley Bison Company for months until they are legally required to move.

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Seaward said the group maintains it is acting within its rights and remains peaceful.

“We’ll be here every single day,” Seaward said.

The group is blocking access by Arrow Transportation trucks en route to the Turtle Valley Bison Company, though it is allowing through local traffic.

Seaward said one truck was turned away Monday and the group has not seen an Arrow truck since.

“They haven’t sent any since Monday,” she said.

Arrow previously told KTW it was in the process of seeking an injunction after notifying RCMP of the blockade.

The company was contracted by the City of Kamloops to haul away the city’s biosolids stockpile, with Arrow planning to mix 23,000 tonnes of the the city’s biosolids — treated sewage sludge — into an enhanced soil to reclaim previously logged property owned by the Turtle Valley Bison Company.

Arrow had been on site doing preparatory work.

However, some of the area’s residents organized in opposition to the project.

They held a protest in Kamloops outside City Hall over the weekend and started the roadblock on Monday.

Protestors have said they are concerned about the amount of biosolids to be applied in the area given the size of the property, in addition to the project’s vicinity to an aquifer and traffic impacts.

Seaward said residents were meeting again Thursday after KTW’s press time.

Arrow had no update on Thursday.

Police have said they were told the protestors intend to keep the roadblock in place until an injunction is granted.

The City of Kamloops is working on a long-term solution to manage its biosolids.

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