Thank you for giving me space in your paper to air my concern about empty drums sitting on Pasadena Beach right in front of my summer place on Lakeshore Drive which I have had since 1970.
My neighbour and I have cleared this section of beach of broken glass and beer bottles for years. Imagine my astonishment to wake up one morning and, on looking through my bedroom window, to see these drums floating down Blue Gulch Brook which boarders my cabin.
These drums were caught up in debris coming down the brook and some are still caught in the culvert. My neighbour, Brian Robson, and his friend removed the five drums in question from the brook so the water could flow through. These five are still sitting on Pasadena Beach.
On talking to Pasadena’s town manager on July 2nd I learned that these drums were buried near the brook when an air strip was built in Pasadena. When Corner Brook pulp and paper mill opened the gates in Deer Lake the end of May or early June the surge of water forced these drums to the surface and they flowed to the brook.
My concern is, who is responsible for their removal, as during the summer, adults and children use this beach? As these drums are old, they could also be toxic.
Do you think parents will allow their children there if these drums remain there? I think not.
Someone should be responsible for their removal. I am very surprised that anyone would put them there and not be responsible for their removal. People who do this do not care for our environment or danger to people using the beach.
A copy of this letter has been sent to The Western Star, the Pasadena town council, MHA Tom Marshall and the minister of the environment of our provincial government.
Sarah M. Dredge