Caledon Coalition Prepares for OMB Hearing on Rockfort Quarry



    CALEDON, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - After 11 years of opposition, the battle
over the Rockfort Quarry application by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL)
for an open pit dolostone mine at Winston Churchill and Olde Baseline in the
Town of Caledon comes before the OMB on September 15, and is expected to last
six months.
    The Town of Caledon, Region of Peel, Town of Erin, Credit Valley
Conservation and Niagara Escarpment Commission have all voted unanimously to
oppose this application.
    "The Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Caledon has been fighting this
application from the beginning and we remain strongly opposed," said Coalition
President Penny Richardson. The Coalition includes thousands of supporters
from Caledon, Erin, Wellington, Halton and the GTA, as well as recreational
groups such as cycling, skiing, fishing, archery, equestrian, hikers of the
Bruce Trail and Trans Canada Trail and GTA day-trippers who consider the area
a destination of great value.
    Concerns include the potentially serious and degrading water-related
impacts of the proposed open pit mine and its water pumping operations from
extracting 75 to 100 feet below the water table; the impact of up to 1,000
trucks per day on existing road users; impacts to the sensitive ecosystems of
the Niagara Escarpment and Paris Moraine; and the immense anticipated costs to
regional and local government and property owners.
    Also at stake is the Town of Caledon's Official Plan Amendment 161, a
regulatory instrument for resource extraction management. Even though it was
approved by the Province it will now be tested by the OMB Hearing.
    The costs for all the work completed by the agencies, government
officials and the Coalition to address this application for the past decade
are staggering. "There is a better way of spending taxpayers dollars," said
Richardson. "But because of strong opposition to this quarry, the Coalition
alone has raised over $1.6 million and we've spent around $1.3 million in the
past 11 years."
    "All expert consultants hired by the agencies and governments to peer
review the proposal share similar conclusions about the risks and
uncertainties of this site - there are serious concerns and unanswered
questions by JDCL that remain after 11 years". Richardson added, "We've hired
top experts, we're prepared to present our case and we are determined to win."
    For further information, please visit: http://www.coalitioncaledon.com




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For further information: Penny Richardson, (905) 838-2590 or
admin@coalitioncaledon.com

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