Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Please Call Your Member of Provincial Parliament AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

I have been remiss in posting about this, but I have been aware for some time that there is a proposal to create the second-largest gravel pit in North America in Melancthon township, around Shelbourne.

This would be a disaster on all kinds of fronts. It will destroy 2,316 acres of some of the best farmland in Ontario, which is to say some of the best farmland in Canada. (In fact 1/4 of the potatoes grown in Ontario are grown in the area.) It will destroy the local water table, which is near to the surface and part of the reason the farmland is so good. It will damage the headwaters of 5 major rivers, including the Grand River, and threaten the drinking water of up to a million people. And to add insult to injury, it will destroy the rural character and beauty of the area. The traffic will be phenomenal - thousands of trucks will pour out of the quarry each day.

The review period for this quarry is about to end, on July 11th. It's vital to have as many people as possible register their objections to this gross and wanton destruction of Ontario's agricultural treasures before then.

By this late date, you will need to phone, fax or email. You can find your MPP's contact information here: MPP List. You can also sign a petition but don't forget, contacting your MPP directly will be more effective.

Edited to add: and also please contact Linda Jeffrey, Minister of the Environment.

UPDATE: Most effective way to comment on this matter is to click here: Environmental Registry, then fill out the comment form. Deadline is Monday, July 11th!

You can read more about the Melancthon pit here:

Stop the Melancthon Quarry

Council of Candians

Toronto Star

Toronto Star Again

Guelph Mercury



Anardana said...

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I e-mailed my MPP.

Ferdzy said...

Thank you, Anardana.

LadyAmazing said...

I submitted my comments to the Environmental Registry.

Ferdzy said...

Thanks, LadyAmazing.