Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Keppel Quarry Expansion Hits Speed Bump

Harold Sutherland Construction Ltd. must seek the approval of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, for a proposal  to expand the Keppel quarry, before proceeding to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Hearing Officer, James McKenzie postponed the prehearing for six months, allowing time for the NEC to make a ruling on the application, which will likely be heard at the scheduled February commission meeting.

Attendees at the brief prehearing, held December 1, included: principal opponent, Nancy Shouldice and her lawyer, Ted Horton; the Grey Association for Better Planning representative, Peggy Hutchison; and other individuals holding party status. Several GABP directors made the trip to the Shallow Lake Community Centre to show their support.

One individual with party status, expressed concern with the revelation that the area proposed for the expansion had been reduced in size. McKenzie advised that that issue was not within the purview of the prehearing.

The concern, shared by other opponents to the expansion, is that a reduction in the size of the proposed quarry is a strategy not a compromise.  David White admitted as much, in speaking to a Sun Times reporter about future expansion.

For more information go to The Owen Sound Sun Times.

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