Tuesday, October 30, 2012


"The message was still enough is enough. And Palgrave residents concerned about the possible contamination of their drinking water after a fuel spill at the Tottenham Pit were tired of hearing it.
The engineer hired by Brock (to perform tests) is Houston Engineering,” Connors said. “We found a court case where they were found to be falsifying evidence. This doesn’t give us a lot of faith.”
Connors told the council that these were all concerns expressed at the original public meeting, and it was frustrating residents that the MNR assured them they would be protected.
“But here we are, a spill has occurred, they’re not following protocol and we’re being treated like the bad people,” she said."....
And here is the Court case against the engineers hired by Brock, where they were found to have falsified information:
Local residents have worked diligently to see the license revoked, as they believe the operation has been dormant for years and should not restart. They have also been able to expose a number of inconsistencies in the information provided to them, including the aggregate company claiming water flow patterns that do not coincide with the most recent approved site plan, and Oak Ridges Moraine legislation that states mining below the water table should not happen at all.
They have been reassured by officials with the Ministry of Natural Resources officials that their concerns would be looked after, however, recently, they have been scrambling for information about a fuel spill that occurred after a numbered company associated with Brock demolished buildings on the site and have lost faith in the assurances of the Ministry.
The aggregate company, Brock Aggregates, claimed they weren’t responsible because the lot, which the demolished buildings resided on, was owned by a numbered company – 693316 Ontario Ltd. However, the vice president of the numbered company is also the vice president of Brock, and G & L group, which owns Brock Aggregates. Brock also owns the aggregate license for the entire Tottenham pit area.
They (the Town of Caledon) had a concern and wanted the house demolished, so we went ahead and demolished it,” he said. “It wasn’t an oil spill due to the demolition. It was an oil spill that had been there for years. The MOE  supervised the removal and everything is done and all is satisfied.”
The ministry would not have done that because it is the Technical Standards and Safety Authority who is the lead on the matter,” she said. “Ministry staff monitored excavation of the fuel contaminated soil on Saturday (Oct.) the 13th and we understand an assessment is still required by the TSSA.”

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