Lake Superior Coastline Quarry Goes to the Ontario Municipal Board

    WAWA, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - The longest section of wilderness coastline on
any of the Great Lakes is being threatened by the proposed development of a
rock quarry right on the coast.
    Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world, has a 300 km
section of coastline with a National Park, three Provincial Parks and two
Conservation Reserves. Right in the middle, near Wawa, a Michigan-based
highway construction company wants to operate a quarry within 60 m of the
coast, with the product shipped across the Great Lakes for highway
construction in the U.S.
    "The Lake Superior shoreline has an iconic status in Ontario and in
Canada as a premier tourism destination for those wanting a Great Lakes
wilderness experience. For outdoor recreation activities like canoeing and
kayaking, this coastline is unique in North America, if not in the world,"
said Joel Cooper, a long-time Wawa resident. "This section of Lake Superior
shoreline is also home to Peregrine Falcon nesting sites and Woodland
    A group of local residents - Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay
(CCMB) - has been reviewing the proposed quarry plans and the necessary
official plan amendment and re-zoning of the area by the Municipality of Wawa.
CCMB has appealed the quarry licence and the planning approvals to the Ontario
Municipal Board (OMB).
    There was an OMB Pre-Hearing in Wawa on December 17, 2008 to review a
preliminary list of issues. The OMB instructed the representatives from all
the parties - Municipality of Wawa, the applicant Superior Aggregates Company
(SAC) and the CCMB - to meet again by teleconference on January 30, 2009 to
agree on a final list of issues.
    The list of issues as proposed by CCMB includes the following:

    -  Would the proposed quarry, at this particular site on the Lake
       Superior coast, represent good planning, in the light of the
       provincial, national and international significance of Lake Superior
       and its coastline?

    -  Would the quarry comply as required with the Ontario Provincial Policy
       Statement for land use planning, and with the Municipality's Official

    -  Would the quarry be compatible with existing residential and tourism
       uses on Michipicoten Bay, in terms of visual, noise, and lighting

    -  Has the applicant demonstrated that the quarry will not have adverse
       effects on ground and surface waters?

    SAC, the quarry proponent, is owned by the Carlo Companies, a Detroit
area-based construction group. SAC owns 386 ha of land along a 2 km section of
Michipicoten Bay on Lake Superior.
    The Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay ( are a group of Wawa
area residents with supporters throughout Ontario, Canada and the United
States who care about what happens to Lake Superior.

For further information:

For further information: Joel Cooper, Spokesperson for CCMB, Wawa, ON,
(705) 856-2717,

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