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Re: Time for a trade in (Pique letters Nov. 25)
Thank you for your comments regarding Whistler-Blackcomb's efforts to mitigate climate change. We are proud of our team and of the efforts put forth to date, though we are the first to admit that we still have a long way to go.
You ask us about our GM vehicles for the senior leadership team. I hope you will be pleased to hear that we are awaiting delivery of four new hybrid trucks that will be used by our senior team members. These hybrid trucks reduce emissions by 15 per cent through the use of electric power in addition to a conventional internal-combustion engine, allowing the gasoline engine to shut off and switch to electric when braking (lower than 13 mph) and when stopped. GM continues to evolve its product line and will introduce a more advanced hybrid vehicle in 2007. In the meantime, our team does require vehicles that are safe and durable when used in mountainous conditions. A number of these vehicles are used interchangeably amongst our staff for various operational requirements throughout the valley and on the mountains. Within the fleet of remaining Yukons, we have switched to a smaller, higher fuel efficient engine and are now testing the use of ethanol blended fuel.
It was encouraging to see that the Whistler council have started to explore our options with the pending closure of the Whistler Landfill. The "wet" coast is no place to build a municipal solid waste landfill. Modern landfills have secure multi-liners to collect leachate and daily top cover to reduce vermin, odours and protect sight lines. Leachate is produced by the moisture contained in the waste and from rainfall. It contains organic, inorganic materials and heavy metals. It is toxic. It is collected, transported and disposed of by a number of methods including incineration. The anaerobic digestion, due to moisture, that takes place in the landfill produces methane gas (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane gas is collected and flared off or used for industrial fuel. This fuel has to be scrubbed to remove toxic substances such as benzene and vinyl chloride (bad stuff). Collection efficiencies vary between 60 and 85 per cent. Escaped methane gas contributes to greenhouse gases. Methane is 25 times more harmful in the upper atmosphere than CO2.