ISSUES & IMPACTS
"... a proponent of development has the onus of demonstrating no negative impact. Objectors to a development need not demonstrate that there will be negative impact."
..... SUSAN B. CAMPBELL, VICE CHAIR, Ontario Municipal Board, Rockfort Quarry ruling
When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future.
... Arnold Schwarzenegger
It is no longer adequate to simply mitigate environmental or social impact for economic benefit. A corporation has to prove it is leaving behind a visible and tangible improvement in the environment and in the social fabric of the community."
...Alan Kreisberg, President, Western North America LaFarge Construction
ISSUE: PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE
Website, Links and discussion of the 'Precautionary Principle' that is gaining importance in matters of environmental protection - from Science and Environmental Health Network.
A superb resource.
IMPACT: AIR QUALITY
Air quality issues are a major concern, both for local area residents and any communities downwind of an operational pit or quarry. Furthermore, the Fine Particulate Matter from diesel transport affects all areas in proximity to or affected by haul routes. Rail and ship transport of aggregates are not only more economical than truck transport but also contribute less to air contamination. ... more: click here
IMPACT: CALEDON C4SE STUDY
A study done by The Centre For Spatial Economics for the Town of Caledon in which the potential negative economic impacts on property values are extensively discussed.
Ontario's Environmental Commissioner said in his 2004/2005 findings: "The environmental problems with aggregate extraction are abundantly documented. The need for stronger environmental protection is clear."
Ancient glaciers made the Greenbelt/ Niagara
Escarpment/ Oak Ridges Moraine one of the major
sources of water for the Greater Toronto Area,
Golden Horseshoe, and Great Lakes. Ground source
water is not a very well-understood resource.
Where it comes from, where it goes, and how it
can become disturbed or contaminated is a highly
speculative 'science'. (click HERE)
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ISSUE: The NEED for AGGREGATE
As presently written, theProvincial Policy Statement (PPS)
stipulates that the need for aggregate is not to be considered when evaluating an application for a new or expanded pit or quarry. It states: "Demonstration of need for mineral aggregate resources, including any type of supply/demand analysis, shall not be required, notwithstanding the availability, designation or licensing for extraction of mineral aggregate resources locally or elsewhere." (emphasis added)
PitSense believes this is a serious flaw in the
regulation that must be rectified.
As Bob Dylan once said: "The Times They Are A-Changing". Our awakened environmental concerns and our new awareness of the costs, both social and economic, of the traditional relationship between the Aggregate Industries and society require us to do some fundamental re-thinking. Pitsense believes that a new and comprehensive Model for Aggregate Extraction needs to be developed. (click HERE)
ISSUE: REHABILITATION of PITS
Pits and quarries eventually become depleted of resources, perhaps after 40 or 50 years of extraction. They are then supposed to be rehabilitated. So how are we doing in that regard? (click HERE)
In the 2018 re-application the proposed HAUL ROUTE for the McCormick Pit is west through the adjacent James Dick Pit to a conveyor belt passing under Kennedy Road and from there to Hwy 10. Any additional production from the McCormick site would be added to the already substantial number of loads from the JDCL sites. These loads would add to the truck traffic on Charleston Sideroad and Airport Rd and potentially to other north-south roads that are already designated as "Primary Truck Routes' on Regional mapping, such as Horseshoe Hill Rd.. More importantly there would be serious safety concerns with the
existing users of the area roads such
as pedestrians, cyclists, local
motorists, and school buses.
(click HERE) Click image