The existing Walker Mine in Duntroon (Clearview) is 100 acres and is now depleted.
Take a drive by, there is NO rehabilitating that because they have dug below the water table.
The operator/owner applied and today were approved by the OMB to expand across the road for a 200 acre quarry.
And THAT is the problem with approving the first 100 acres-the next comes much more easily.
And the Clearview ratepayers didn't have to just content with the proponent, but their own local and County government:
In the fall of 2009, when the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) turned down the Walker application, we expected to face an expensive and complicated hearing which was scheduled to last for 10 weeks. We were also faced with the daunting task of opposing, not only the proponent Walker, but also, Simcoe County and Clearview Township whose legal and expert fees were paid by Walker to appear at the hearing in support of the application. (See the Settlement Agreements linked on the sidebar). After a long prehearing process, the hearing began on May 3, 2010, and the oral evidence finally came to a close in June, 2011, fourteen months later. The hearing adjourned for the preparation of an extensive written final argument which was completed in early August. http://clearviewcommunitycoalition.com/about/
I am sure they could use some words of support right now, they fought the good fight.
You can message them here: http://clearviewcommunitycoalition.com/contact-us/