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