Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Protecting Shouldice Wetlands

GABP and CONE (Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment) have retained professional engineer, Garry Hunter, and have been working with all parties to settle the disputes over the existing Keppel Quarry and the proposed Quarry Expansion. Mr. Hunter has been instrumental in providing a science-based approach for protecting the vulnerable Shouldice Wetlands and adjacent water users. In the case of the existing quarry the parties have agreed that the asphalt plant will be removed by December 2014. A new PPTW (Permit to Take Water) is anticipated soon from the MOE which will mitigate the dewatering process and include protocol for the storage of recycled materials.

This settlement has provided a springboard for the parties to address issues with the new quarry expansion application and discussions continue with the assistance of a facilitator from the Environmental Review Tribunal. Avoiding a full hearing represents a huge financial saving for the appellants in these appeals to the ERT. Approximately one third of costs have been raised to date thanks to the informative appeals appearing on the CONE website and the CONE Facebook page but we still need your help. Please visit these sites for more information and also check our previous posts on this blog.

No comments:

Post a Comment