Letter to the Editor – Donna Baylis Concerns Over Cornwall Gravel Quarry Request in South Stormont Ontario

Letter to the Editor – Donna Baylis Concerns Over Cornwall Gravel Quarry Request in South Stormont Ontario
Dear Editor,
In my fight to stop a proposed mega-quarry northwest of Toronto, I have made it a hobby to check the Government of Ontario’s Environmental Registry on a regular basis. 
Your readers may be interested to know that Cornwall Gravel Company Limited has applied for a new 25 hectare / 62 acre below-the-water-table pit and quarry operation with unlimited tonnage in the Township of South Stormont (www.ebr.gov.on.ca / #011-6881).  The registry is allowing for public comments regarding this application until September 17, 2012. 
These aggregate proposals have a tendency to sneak up on people and communities.  The sooner the community can get involved in the application approval process, the greater the chance of having a voice in the outcome.  Note that commenting via the EBR online is not an official objection.  An objector must contact the Ministry of Natural Resources directly.  See the EBR for details.

There are many reasons to pay attention to this licence application.  Broad concerns are:  loss of water quality, loss of prime farmland, food security, community impact, health impact, loss of long-term jobs, blasting impact, explosives transportation and storage, additional heavy traffic, dust, loss of air quality, noise pollution, environmental impact, potential to take water, water ownership, potential to export, rehabilitation and site after-use.

Remember in today’s society Silence Means Consent.
Donna Baylis – Creemore Ontario

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4 Comments on "Letter to the Editor – Donna Baylis Concerns Over Cornwall Gravel Quarry Request in South Stormont Ontario"

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Would make a good swimming hole when they are done. Clorinate and circulatew/filtering processers and presto. Repatriation or road building or other structures have to come from somewhere. Your concerns have a measure of validity however, the greater good of having the contents of the qurry repatriate other areas out weigh your concerns. If the rock site is not drawn from here then from where else and your same arguements may also apply there. Heck if they drew rock from the bottom of the St. Lawerence someone would complain about the fish habitat. With your arguement you MUST provide a… Read more »
Christopher Cameron
Thank you Cornwall free news for printing this letter as this is certainly a local issue. Cornwall gravel company and its McLeod Quarry (cornwall) on southbranch is where the new section of quarry Is. Many locals around the area of the quarry -(neighbors) have indicated their displeasure as well as present problems with Quarry at the open meeting. At this open meeting it was brought up that their Greely quarry -(south of Ottawa ) several years ago -the neighbors of 15 households ran dry of water. The ministry of natural resources had enforced Cornwall Gravel to provide water trucks to… Read more »
Peter Grant
Dukers1, Thank you for your comments! Chris, It seems that someone has misinformed you. Cornwall Gravel was NOT forced to supply temporary water to our neighbours at Greely. It was done voluntarily, even though most of them were out of water due to the drought. Furthermore, we agreed to re-drill them new wells to prevent any chance of their water supply being interrupted by our future quarry activities. Again, this was of our own volition. All of this was studied by a profession hydrogeologist and reported back to the appropriate governement representatives. We will have experts present at the next… Read more »
Christopher Cameron

As your people have told me on several occasions.

It’s just business!! ……with the impact of 130 + households.