Thursday, August 9, 2012
IN THE WORDS OF GOMER PYLE: SURPRISE, SURPRISE
The "State of Aggregate Resources in Ontario Study" (SAROS) was published by the Government of Ontario in February 2010.
The summary report recommends an underground mine or a "mega-quarry" as the ideal solution to meeting Ontario's aggregate needs.
The study area is 75 kms around Vaughan (the city with the highest growth/construction expectations) to adhere to the "close to market" policy built into the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and excludes Ontario's largest limestone quarry on Manitoulin island amongst others.
The Highland Companies started buying land in Melancthon in 2006.
In her ARA Review submission, Helen Purdy points out that “Five of the six SAROS Papers commissioned by the Ministry of Natural Resources were authored by consulting firms that prepared planning or licensing application reports for the Highland Companies.”
SAROS - http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/Aggregates/Publication/287375.html
Helen's ARA Review submission - http://www.gravelwatch.org/orig-gw/misc/ARA-review-2012/Submissions/H-Purdy-Comments-Aggregate-Resources-Act.pdf
2nd submission - http://www.gravelwatch.org/orig-gw/misc/ARA-review-2012/Submissions/Purdy-ARA-2nd-Submission.pdf
Helen requested audience in front of the ARA Review Committee but was denied.
(Tx to D.B. for this great piece of information)
Posted by Minebuster at 7:29 PM