Magnitude of a Mega-Quarry
On Tuesday morning I attended a presentation of citizen petitions to MP David Tilson and MPP Sylvia Jones regarding the proposed mega-quarry in Melancthon Township. One might wonder why I travelled north of Orangeville to the Monora Park Pavillion when clearly the proposed quarry location is a long way from Bolton. Just as a pebble dropped in a pond creates ripples the impacts of this Highland proposal, if approved, would project outward well beyond Melancthon’s boundaries…..especially to their market south of the quarry, which means truck trips through Caledon.
In April a motion was passed at Town of Caledon Council, moved by myself and seconded by Councillor Paterak, to send a letter of objection to the Ministry of Natural Resources. In addition the motion directed that the Town of Caledon retain a consultant with expertise on Aggregate Resources Act applications to ensure that our concerns are considered and addressed.
The North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce ( http://www.ndact.com ) claims this is the largest quarry ever proposed in Canada, that the pit would be deeper than Niagara Falls and that it would span over 2,300 acres (initially). And they are asking for your help in opposition.
So whether your concern is the potential impact on our headwaters, the thousands (yes, thousands) of truck trips released onto our roads, or the loss of farmland, this is an issue deserving of your attention folks.