Letter: Report on creek contamination was professional


The Kamloops Area Preservation Association wishes to respond to Richard Lodmell’s criticisms in his letter of Oct. 14 (‘More mining hysteria in Kamloops’) regarding the Ajax mine/Peterson Creek contamination study that was done on behalf of KAPA by Dr. Kevin Morin. 

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 Lodmell claims that “it is inconceivable that a professional geoscientist would ever produce a technical report for … $4,000.”

Lodmell is seemingly unaware that Morin prepared his report built on earlier reviews he had done for both KAPA and the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation as part of the Ajax Environmental Assessment.

His reports are part of the Ajax environmental assessment documents.

 Secondly, Morin did not cherry-pick data, as Lodmell claims. Morin reviewed all the available information on the issue in the permit reports and the Ajax environmental assessment reports.

It was by scrutinizing all data that Morin found that the 2019 Ajax mine permit report filed with the provincial government left out some of the peak contaminant levels that had been submitted in past reports.

This is not cherry-picking, or nitpicking, but thorough, competent work.

Morin has graduate degrees in hydrogeology and geology and more than 40 years of experience in the fields of water contamination, contaminant migration, hydrogeology, geochemistry, environmental impact assessment and computer modelling related to mining and industrial activity.

His assistance in developing British Columbia’s highly respected metal leaching and acid rock drainage guidelines is acknowledged by the B.C. government.

 If Lodmell has grounds for questioning the professional conduct of Morin, he should file a complaint with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Paula Pick


Kamloops Area Preservation Association

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