Shooting range appeal denied

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has denied an appeal related to a shooting range in South Granville, P.E.I.

The Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has denied an appeal related to a shooting range in South Granville, P.E.I.

Sharon Labchuk and Sigrid Rolfe wanted the commission to overturn the province's decision to grant a permit to the range.

Labchuk and Rolfe, who live close to the Big Boot Gun Club, had said the shooting range was too noisy. 

Concerns were also expressed about the possibility of bullets contaminating the area's groundwater or hitting people or livestock, and about loss of property values due to the location of the range nearby.

Labchuk and Rolfe, however, didn't show up to present their closing arguments at the hearing.

Labchuk had previously said she didn't have much hope the hearing would change anything.

In her opening statement, she had criticized the tribunal as "pastured out, political backroom boys" with no power or jurisdiction.

In its order, the commission stated, "The witnesses' concerns were obvious; the weight of the actual appellants' concerns was diminished by their behavior."