Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal will be holding a preliminary hearing regarding an appeal by Tyendinaga Township residents against the issuance of a water-taking permit for a local quarry.
The preliminary hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Tyendinaga Township council chambers (859 Melrose Road) on Friday, January 30, 2015, and will largely focus on procedural matters. The date and duration of the main appeal hearing has not yet been set by the Tribunal.
The main hearing will scrutinize the Ministry of the Environment’s 2014 decision to issue a water-taking permit to C.H. Demill Holdings Inc. which allows the company to pump millions of litres of water out of an existing quarry in order to facilitate aggregate extraction below the water table.
In October 2014, the Tribunal granted the Citizens Against Melrose Quarry (CAMQ) permission to appeal the permit on the grounds that the Ministry’s decision appeared unreasonable and could result in significant environmental harm.
In November 2014, CAMQ filed an appeal which requests the Tribunal to quash or set aside the permit or, alternatively, to impose more stringent terms and conditions to protect the environment and other users of the local groundwater resource.
“We are pleased that the Tribunal will be closely examining the potential impacts of quarry dewatering upon nearby private wells and Blessington Creek,” said Susan Munro, Chair of the CAMQ.
“We look forward to presenting our client’s expert evidence on these key issues during the public hearings,” stated Richard Lindgren, a lawyer with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in Toronto. Two CELA lawyers (Mr. Lindgren and Joseph Castrilli) are providing legal assistance to CAMQ.
CAMQ’s notice of appeal and related documentation may be viewed at: www.citizensagainstmelrosequarry.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Susan Munro (CAMQ) 613-968-5943
Richard Lindgren (CELA) 613-385-1686
Joseph Castrilli (CELA) 416-960-2284, ext. 218