The Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) released its interim decision on Friday February 11 and approved James Dick Construction Limited’s application for re-zoning and a licence to mine aggregate at the Hidden Quarry in Rockwood.
The Ontario government does not need the Hidden Quarry. Ontario’s 7000+ licenced pits and quarries represent an existing 50-100-year supply of aggregate. Many of these operations sit idle (and unrehabilitated) as aggregate operators move from site to site chasing current markets.
The Hidden Quarry will devastate the community. It will change forever the lives and livelihoods of residents, and the character of the neighbouring town of Rockwood. It will add danger and toxic dust to our local roads and towns along the haul routes. Several species already ‘at risk’ will become endangered. Altogether it is a dangerous intrusion into this rural community and its complex eco-system.
Please support the Concerned Residents Coalition in the ongoing campaign to protect water and the community.