This is an update to my previous blogs:
Here is the Minister of the Environment’s recent reply to the petitions of more than 132,000 Canadians (Avaaz’s tally at the time of this blog posting) regarding Highland Companies’ application to build a mega-quarry in Ontario that would irreversibly destroy drinking water, farm land and vital river and forest habitat:
As a result the company will be required to undertake a comprehensive Environmental Assessment for the proposed quarry in Melancthon Township.
Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson
Ontario, Canada: Newsroom
Statement from Minister of the Environment John Wilkinson Regarding Highland Companies Proposed Quarry in Dufferin County
September 1, 2011
“After careful consideration, the Minister of Natural Resources and I have agreed to bring forward a regulation making Highland Companies subject to the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act. As a result the company will be required to undertake a comprehensive Environmental Assessment for the proposed quarry in Melancthon Township.
Ministry of the Environment officials have thoroughly examined the technical reports which were submitted by the quarry proponents. Based on a review of those reports, and because of the unique nature of the Melancthon quarry proposal, I believe a full Environmental Assessment is necessary.
The McGuinty government is committed to protecting our water and our environment. Today’s decision ensures that a transparent and independent assessment of the environmental impacts of Melancthon quarry proposal will be conducted.”
Ministry of the Environment
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