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Cedarhurst Quarries and Crushing Limited, Beamish Pit proposal, Teedon Pit Expansion

 

Location:    Lots 79 & 80, Concession 1 WPR

                West of Darby Road / west of Hwy 93

County of Simcoe, Township of Tiny

Sibthorpe pit (new), Teedon pit (#3670)

 

 

 

 

Proposal to amend an existing pit (Teedon #3670) plus establish a new pit (formerly called Sibthorpe) adjacent on the north side (north ½ of Lot 80, Concession 1, W.P.R. & Part of Original Road Allowance between lots 80 and 81, Concession 1, W.P.R. Township of Tiny, County of Simcoe for overall area of 15.3 ha / 38 acres (although 42.6 ha requested?)).

 

There are already two pits owned by the Sarjeant Co. adjacent on the south (607361) and west (607461) sides. (See diagram below).

 

In addition to problems associated with aggregate operations, the local community is concerned about removal of filtration material into the Alliston aquifer, as well as the cumulative impacts of the four (4) pits.

 


 

Source: Pits and Quarries Online system

 

Owner/Operation

Licence

Class

Maximum Tonnage

Licenced

Area

Comment

CBH / Cedarhurst Teedon gravel pit

3670

A

600,000

85.45 ha

north

Sarjeant Co. Waverley Pit No. 1, gravel pit

607361

A

1,000,000

52.74 ha

South, proposed 2006, OMB 2013, licence 4-Mar-2014

EBR #IB06E2036

Sarjeant Co. Waverley Pit No. 2, gravel pit

607461

A

Below water table

1,000,000

40.08 ha

West, proposed 2006, OMB 2013, licence 4-Mar-2014

EBR #IB06E2037

Proposed

Cedarhurst Sibthorpe gravel pit

requested

A

600,000

42.6 ha

North adjacent to Teedon pit, currently forested area


 

 

 

 

Link to google map

 

 

Teedon (existing)

 

Teedon site is operated under the authority of Licence #3670 under the Aggregate Resources Act.  Class A licence, above water table, 85.45 ha, 600,000 tonnes/year.

 

Amendment to site plan (EBR #012-3848) proposed around March 2015 to:

 

 

Amendment was approved around April 2017.

 

For more information see Dufferin Community Liaison Committee

 

Permit to take water (PTTW) expired on April 28, 2018.  Application

 

 

Teedon Pit Expansion (formerly called Sibthorpe) – Proposal for New Pit

 

A new pit is proposed on the property immediately north of Teedon, which is currently forested.

 

Class “A” aggregate licence above the water table, Category 3, max. 600,000 tonnes per year; 42.6 ha / 39.0 extractable; depth of extraction 10 metres to 41.2 metres remaining 1.5 metres above the water table.  Contains an estimated 10 million tonnes of sand and gravel.  Expected to be rehabilitated to 15.3 ha of productive cropland.

 

Opposition:

 

Surrounding land owners are convinced that the gravel pit has impacted their wells.  Additionally, people are worried because the plan virtually eliminates French’s Hill, which filters and produces some of the cleanest water on the planet accord to William Shotyk, Professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at the University of Alberta (letter .pdf).  Note that the property is directly east of the Site 41 property.

 

French’s Hill and the Waverley Uplands are the recharge area for the Alliston Aquifer, which also supplies the communities of Tiny, Springwater and Tay townships with drinking water.

 

Friends of Waverley Uplands (facebook)

 

Owner / Proponent:

 

Beamish owned this Cedarhurst property and sold it to Dufferin Aggregates, which in turn was purchased by CRH Canada (www.crhcanada.com).

 

Entered on Ontario’s Environmental Registry (EBR 013-4911) on March 20, 2019 with public comment period until May 6, 2019. 

 

Timeline (chronological order)

 

Date

Event

2012-02-15

Tiny Twp receives Beamish proposal (article)

2012-03-26

Tiny Twp deems application complete (Notice of Public Hearing .pdf)

2012-04-04

Tiny Twp notice of application (link)

2012-12-23

Tiny Twp notice of public meeting (link)

2015-03

Amendment to Teedon (#3670) site plan proposed (EBR #012-3848)

2015-04-17

Tiny Twp letter to MNRF re: application for site plan amendment

2017-05-26

CRH Canada Group Inc. – Change of ownership from K.J. Beamish Construction Co. Ltd including Cedarhurst Quarries & Crushing Ltd. To become part of Dufferin Aggregates, a division of CRH Canada

 

Township of Tiny official plan amendment (OPA) and zoning by-law amendment applications (link)

2018-11-16

Official plan and zoning amendments appealed to Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) / Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario (ELTO) OMB Case/File #PL180416 (link) (e-status)

2018-12-05

Proponent requests 6 months delay at OMB to consolidate hearings (article)

2019–03-05

Public information session re: application under Aggregate Resources Act for Category 3, Class “A” Pit Above Water

2019-03-25

End of public comment period for Teedon Pit Expansion proposal in writing.  On EBR (#013-4911) until May 6, 2019.

2019-07-02

OMB pre-hearing scheduled to resume (article)

 

 

NEWS (reverse chronological order)

 

Date

Source

Title

Comment

2019-03-22

ON Environmental Registry

#013-4911 Teedon Pit Expansion

Formerly Sibthorpe

2019-03-05

AWARE-Simcoe.ca

Brief encounter with Kevin Mitchell

Kate Harries

- First public information session

2019-02-12

Simcoe.com / Midland Mirror

CRH files aggregate application, continues push to expand Tiny Township gravel pit

Andrew Mendler

2018-12-05

AWARE-Simcoe.ca

Prehearing on Teedon Pit expansion to resume next year

- Delayed 6 mos. upon request of Proponent

2018-11-16

Simcoe.com / Midland Mirror

Tiny Township gravel pit expansion to go before Ontario Municipal Board

Andrew Mendler

2018-09-17

Simcoe.com / Midland Mirror

Protesters keep up pressure over Tiny Township gravel-pit expansion

Gisele Winton Sarvis

2018-03-9

Rabble.ca

We must act fast to stop the threat to groundwater aquifer in Ontario

Mark Calzavara, Council of Canadians

2018-02-16

AWARE Simcoe

Ministry extends deadline for comment on Waverley Uplands PTTW

Kate Harries

EBR #013-2282

2017-11-07

Barrie Examiner

Water Walkers group grows

Cheryl Browne

2017-11-02

Barrie Examiner

Water Walk protest being held this weekend; company says it has all the proper licences

Cheryl Browne

2017-10-31

AnishinabekNews.ca

Protecting the purest water: Two-day walk from Cedar Point to the Waverley Uplands

Vicki Monague

2017-10-25

AWARE-Simcoe.ca

Could This Be Another Dump Site 41?

Friends of the Waverley Uplands

2017-09-17

OurMidland.ca

LTE: Destroying the Waverley Uplands

Ann Truyens

2017-09-16

Council of Canadians

Dufferin Aggregates’ quarry at French’s Hill poses new threat to Alliston aquifer

Brent Patterson

2015-10-01

John Bacher Blog

Save French’s Hill Forest

Dr. John Bacher, Danny Beaton

2015-05-03

Aware-Simcoe.ca

Second public meeting for Beamish quarry expansion delayed

Vickie Kee

2014-09

Theakston Environmental

Acoustic Report (.pdf)

Chris Quinke, Stephen Pollock

Sibthorpe proposal

 

2012-02-15

Aware-Simcoe.ca

Council receives Beamish presentation on proposed expanded quarry

Vickie Kee

2012-02

Selby Consulting Services

K. J. Beamish Construction Co. Limited -  Aggregate Pit License Application (.pdf)

Les C. Selby to Township of Tiny, County of Simcoe

- Sibthorpe pit

2010

ON Environmental Registry

Cedarhurst – Permit to take water (Teedon pit)

- expires April 30, 2018

- EBR #010-9922

2008-03-12

Simcoe.com / Midland Mirror

Tiny Township concerned Teedon Pit dewatering is impacting residential wells

Andrew Mendler

 

 

More Information:

 

AWARE-Simcoe.ca

 

Friends of Waverley Uplands (facebook)

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

 

 

 

 


APPENDICES

 

APPENDIX A

 

https://awareontario.nfshost.com/AWARE-Ontario/Issues/Aggregate_Tiny_Twp/Beamish%203670.htm

 

 

 

APPENDIX B

 

CRH Canada Acquires Some K.J. Beamish Operations

 

As of May 26, 2017, CRH Canada Group Inc. officially acquired the King City, Holt, Orillia, Midland, Coboconk, Bark Lake and Barrie operations of K.J. Beamish Construction Co., Limited and Royel Paving Limited.

 

CRH Canada is a leading manufacturer of cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete and provides construction services to many of Canada’s largest infrastructure projects. With over 3,000 employees, CRH Canada has a portfolio of brands that operates across Canada, including Dufferin Construction and Dufferin Aggregates in Ontario, the Great Lakes region and the Northwest U.S. CRH Canada is a subsidiary of CRH plc, headquartered in Ireland and one of the top three international building materials companies in the world, with a strong track record of performance and a clear commitment to safety and ethical business practices. (source)

 

APPENDIX C

 

Facebook Comments

 

Person 1: According to the PTTW of the Teedon pit (which expired in April 2018 and hasn't yet renewed) "Past claims by a small number of nearby residents to the water quality (silt) in their domestic wells have been caused by operation of the aggregate washing operations have been investigated and determined to be unfounded. The MOECC has attributed the domestic well quality issues to the shallow and silty nature of the shallow aquifer and/or poor well maintenance."

 

Interesting that there was an "unplanned water taking" in 2015 when a pump inadvertently ran for 11 weeks discharging an estimated 108 million litres of water. I guess they don't like to talk about that too much. But since there were no complaints, assumption is no harm done.

 

Person 2: The area residents were having huge silt issues at the time the "unplanned" water taking. In reality the gravel pit left the water running. I know the Pigeon family called repeatedly. THE MOECC did not even go and check. Area wells turned to silt laden water causing huge hardships. Toilets, water heaters and washing machines have been replaced. They did not find out until much later that they had left the gravel pit had left the water on. MOECC says its poor well construction. they all got the same form letter.

 

APPENDIX C

 

Objection Letter – Baylis