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Aggregate is commonly defined as gravel, sand, clay, earth, shale, stone, limestone, dolostone, sandstone, marble, granite, rock or other prescribed material.  Alternatively, it is described as any combination of sand, gravel, or crushed stone in a natural or processed state.

 

A pit is an open excavation of aggregate from an existing natural source i.e. sand pit, gravel pit.

 

A quarry is an open excavation from which aggregate is obtained through blasting the rock with explosives.  A mega-quarry is defined as having 150 million tonnes of reserves and an annual production capacity of at least 10 million tonnes.  Video:  How a quarry works (UK) (8 mins)

 

 

Aggregate in Ontario is regulated under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).

 

Ontario published the State of Aggregate Resources in Ontario Study (SAROS) in February 2010.  In effect the report says the ideal solution is a mega-quarry within 75km of Vaughan (Vaughan being the site with the greatest expectation of population growth).  This and the “Golden Horseshoe” (aka greater Toronto area) is the key market that proponents are currently trying to address.

 

The various levels of government (aka taxpayers) are the largest user of aggregate for roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, etc. so there is incentive and benefit in keeping costs low.  Additionally, aggregate operations can bring much need revenue and jobs into the local economy.

 

Some of the more well-known operations/proposals are:

 

Aggregate Operations in Ontario (not a complete list)

 

Operation

Size

Features

Comment

Opposition / Concerned Groups

Caledon area – consolidated impacts

3,800 acre corridor

licenced pits held by multiple operators extending from Caledon Village west to Belfountain, with a potential of growth to 4,600 acres

 

People for Responsible Escarpment Development Caledon (REDC)

 

Pitsense

Melancthon mega-quarry (withdrawn)

2,316 acres

 

Proposal Withdrawn

NDACT

Carmeuse Lime

2,000 acres

Ingersoll, Oxford County

$50mln business incl. $5mln exports (Industry Cda)

www.opalalliance.ca

Lafarge Manitoulin

1,700 acres

 

ships to Quebec and the USA

 

Dufferin Aggregates Milton

1,400 acres

Amabel formation

Since 1962

 

Lafarge Dundas

1,045 acres, 71.93 acres proposed

 

 

 

Dufferin Aggregates

Acton Quarry

 

300+ acres, 124 ha

 

Amabel formation, quarry below-water-table, 4 million tonnes annually

(article, image)

 

Dolime, Guelph

 

Operating for 150+ years

 

 

Aldershot Quarries, Burlington

 

Operating since 1920s

West quarry

Centre quarry

East quarry (new extraction)

Tyandaga Environmental Coalition

@TECburlington / www.tecburlington.com

 

St. Marys Cement Bowmanville

556 acres

 

manages 48.5 million litres of water per day (EBR 011-6319)

 

Walker Niagara Falls

542 acres

 

 

 

Nelson Mount Nemo Burlington

519 acres

 

expansion proposal rejected in 2012

 

Ledge Road, Dewdney Mountain Farms, Peterborough

432 acres & cement plant proposed

Bobcaygeon

 

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St. Mary’s

Burford

331 acres proposed

1,000,000 tonnes annually

 

 

Melville Pit proposal, Caledon

300 acres proposed

Proposed by Olympia Sand and Gravel at 20946 Willoughby Road

 

Citizens Against Melville Pit (CAMP)

 

Paris, Watts Pond Road

 260 ha /642 acres

 

 

 Dufferin Aggregates

Cedarhurst Beamish Pit

85.4 ha / 211 acres

Owned by CRH, Dufferin Aggregates

French’s Hill, Tiny Township

Teedon expansion proposed

New Sibthorpe proposal

Walker Duntroon

116 acres, 168 acres proposed

Amabel formation

Approved

Clearview Community Coalition

MAQ Duntroon

247 acres

Amabel formation, 60 ft below water table / 1million tonnes annually

approved 24-Aug-2012

 

Peggs Mountain, Burks Falls

200 acres proposed

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Flamborough

164 acres proposed

 

proposal rejected in 2013

 

Luther Marsh Wilson

150 acres proposed

Quarry below water table

Impact on Luther Marsh?

1,000,000 tonnes annually

 

 

Rockwood, James Dick

“Hidden Quarry”

 

100 acres proposed

Guelph-Eramosa Township

 

 

CRC

Blueland Farms Ltd McCormick Pit (Heart Lake Road)

111 acres proposed

 

 

Pitsense

- being acquired by James Dick (2017)?

Jigs Hollow, Woolwich

89 acres proposed

150,000 tonnes annually

 

 

Brock Tottenham

80 acres

expansion

Proposal to extend below water table

 

Protect Caledon Inc

Arbour Farms, Airport Road

80 acres proposed

 

 

 

Braeside

Proposed expansion

McNab/ Braeside

Asphalt plant

Friends Addressing Concerns Together In McNab/Braeside (FACT-MB) (article) (article)

Melrose/Long’s Quarry expansion

64 acres proposed expansion

- Adjacent to Long’s quarry for a combined spread of over 100 acres.

 

- 300 homes within 2 kms of sites entirely dependent on wells.

www.citizensagainstmelrosequarry.com

 

Osprey

40 acres

 

 

 

Brampton Brick Ltd. Norval

Proposed

23 acres, 80 feet deep

 

Information

info@pit-STOP.ca

Proposal withdrawn April 2018 (article)

North Dumfries, Puslinch Township

33 extraction operations

Combined 4.4 million tonnes per year (2013)

 

Concerned Residents Association of North Dumfries (CRAND)

 

Crain’s Construction

Snow Road Station, North Frontenac

Gravel pit

 

History of illegal crushing, inadequate berms & dust control

Ken Cressey

Eek Gravel Pit Expansion, Barrie

50 acres

- new pit requested adjacent to existing pit

 

People vs. Pits

Dorset Quarry Proposal, Dorset

53 acres proposed

- construct quarry at existing sand pit

 

www.nomcclintockquarry.ca

Greenwood Aggregates proposal, Town of Mono

Violet Hill

- 1,000,000 tonnes annually over 30 years

- July 15, 2016 proposal

 

 

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources – Pits and Quarries Online system

 

Aggregate industry website – Open Aggregates

 

According to Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment (FORCE), there are 2,800 quarries in Ontario.  According to Canada’s Rock to Road Magazine the Manitoulin “operation is impacted by the fortunes of U.S. economy as a significant percentage of Manitoulin’s output is shipped to U.S. markets on the Great Lakes.”  In other words, the “shortage” of aggregate in Ontario is debatable.

 

For information on the Quarry Approval Process click here.

 

For information about the Tax Implications of an aggregate operation click here

 

 

NEWS – General Aggregate

 

Date

yyyy-mm-dd

Posted By

Article Link

Comment

2018-12-21

OrilliaMatters.com

Man dies in industrial accident at Oro Medonte township quarry

(CTV article)

2018-12-18

The Daily Press (Timmons)

Tribunal backs council's decision to not approve gravel pit

Len Gillis

-          Goulet new gravel pit proposal

2018-11-23

BlackburnNews.com

A-C-W Reeve expects gravel pit appeal

Bob Montgomery

- Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh

2018-10-25

BlackburnNews.com

Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh approves proposed gravel pit

Bob Montgomery

2018-09-05

SouthWesternOntario.ca

Howick to strike a road improvement agreement with Hanna & Hamilton

Kelsey Dunbar

2018-07-15

London Free Press

Byron gravel pit sold, city eyes 'recreational opportunities'

Hank Daniszewski

- 25 ha listed for $9.9 mln

- taxes $35k per year

- AO Agg Info: Rehabilitation

2018-06-27

Madhunt.com

Court upholds OMB ruling in favour of Simcoe County

- precedent-setting (AO – Giofam Sebright Quarry Proposal)

- July 24, 2017 decision OMB Decision (.pdf)

2018-05-25

Wellington Advertiser

Erin council defers decision on gravel pit citing outstanding concerns

Olivia Rutt

- Halton Crushed Stone gravel pit 150-acre extension application

2018-05-17

MyKawartha.com

Proposed pit expansion near Hwy. 115 subject of May 28 Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing

Bill Hodgins

- VicDom

- Oak Ridges Moraine

2018-05-16

SouthWesternOntario.ca

Erin council backs off pit decision

Phil Gravelle

2018-05-02

CBC News (Nova Scotia)

Canada loses bid to overturn NAFTA ruling on rebuffed N.S. quarry

Paul Withers

- NAFTA, $443 million damages in lost profit over 50 years, Bilcon

2018-04-24

Cement Americas

Judge Rules in Favour of Lafarge Alternative Fuel Project

Cement Americas News

- burning tires

2018-04-19

Global News

Trent Lakes residents claim victory in battle against mega quarry proposal

Greg Davis

- near Bobcaygeon

- Dewdney Mountain Farms Ltd.

2018-04-09

TheIFP.ca

'Norval Quarry has been stopped': Residents' group declares victory in 12-year fight

Pam Douglas

Brampton Guardian

2018-04-05

Tbnewsatch.com

Controversial gravel pit application moves to next stage

Gary Rinne

- Trout Lake

- Lempiala Sand & Gravel

- owned by Bruno's Contracting of Thunder Bay

2018-04-01

Globe and Mail

Residents, cottagers in Ontario’s Muskoka region fight quarry proposal near unique Skeleton Lake

John Lorinc

2018-03-26

Canada.ConstructConnect.com

Aggregate company fined following worker fatality at Orillia quarry

DCN News Service

- Walker Aggregates Inc. Orrillia

2018-03-14

SouthwesternOntario.ca

Changes urged for Erin pit proposal

Phil Gravelle

2018-03-13

Government of Ontario

Company Fined $170,000 After Death of Worker at Orillia Quarry

Walker Aggregates, Orillia

2018-02-26

SouthwesternOntario.ca

Meeting on Erin gravel pit expansion

Phil Gravelle

- Halton Crushed Stone gravel pit expansion near Erin

2018-01-30

DeSmog Canada

How a U.S. Company is Suing Canada for Rejecting Quarry in Endangered Whale Nursery

Judith Lavoie

- Bay of Fundy

- NAFTA

2018-01-10

Blackburnnews.com

Wellington North Studies Gravel Pit Certifications

Campbell Cork

2017-12-08

TimmonsPress.com

Proponent willing to withdraw gravel pit plan

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons

2017-12-07

TimmonsPress.com

Councillors lacked info to make informed decision, OMB told

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons

2017-12-01

TimmonsPress.com

Gravel pit issue headed to OMB hearing

Len Gillis

- Goulet gravel pit application

- Ogden Township, Timmons

2017-11-01

Orangeville.com

Dufferin County pit operator fined $67K for violating aggregate license

Chris Halliday

- AO Fill News

2017-10-25

Northern Ontario Business

Rogue Resources to acquire Massey silica-quartz project

 

2017-10-20

Orangeville Banner

Ministry, Melancthon settle water protection differences, avoid OMB hearing

Chris Halliday

- AO Melancthon "mega quarry"

2017-10-18

Blackburnnews.com

Opposition To Proposed Quarry Near Clavering

Jordan MacKinnon

2017-10-18

Blackburnnews.com

Minto Ready To Sell Old Gravel Pit

Campbell Cork

2017-08-24

Lfpress.com

Walter Nuvoloni: Worker, 47, died after fall at Woodstock-area’s Lafarge Canada workplace Wednesday

Dale Carruthers

2017-08-24

Lfpress.com

A man is fighting for his life after a 30-foot fall at Lafarge near Woodstock on Wednesday

Heather Rivers, Dale Carruthers, QMIAgency

2017-08-18

Orangeville Citizen

NDACT easing concerns over Strada aggregate application

Mike Pickford

2017-07-26

OSSGA.com

OMB Decision on Haul Routes

OMB Decision (.pdf)

2017-07-20

Quintenews.com

Quarry “Rocks” with Donation to Lower Trent Conservation

David Foot

2017-07-18

National Post

Ontario court halts quarry project over lack of consultation with First Nations

- T & P Hayes Ltd.

- AO First Nations

2017-06-21

Barrie Examiner

Centre Vespra group opposed to expansion of gravel pit operation

Eek pit (1194233 Ontario Ltd.)

2017-05-24

Toronto Metro

After finding endangered salamanders, locals fight to stop Ontario quarry project

Liam Casey

- Burlington Meridian Brick (formerly Forterra Brick)

AO Information – Aldershot Quarries

 

2017-05-22

Manitoulin Expositor

Cup and Saucer trails closed for now; future of the attraction in jeopardy

Don Eadie Construction

- Manitoulin Island

2017-04-18

Simcoe.com / Wasaga Sun

Clearview councillors dig in on gravel pit rezoning

Ian Adams

- Lafarge’s proposed Avening pit (extension)

2017-04-11

Southwesternontario.ca

Southgate council finally gives approval to Peyton Pit

Don Crosby

2017-03-28

Southwesternontario.ca

Town will investigate alternative gravel route

Phil Gravelle / Erin Advocate

- Town of Erin

2017-03-21

TimminsPress.com

No quick resolution in gravel pit issue

Len Gillis

- OMB hearing Dec. 2017

- Laurier & Florence Goulet, Ogden Township

2017-03-20

SouthWesternOntario.ca

Third public meeting held for Peyton Pit

Don Crosby

- ENGAGE

- Peyton Pit

- Flanagan Pit

2017-03-17

SouthWesternOntario.ca

Council considers gravel pit standards

Phil Gravelle / Erin Advocate

- Cornerstone Standards Councils (CSC)

2017-03-14

Timmins Press

Change of plans ahead of OMB hearing on controversial gravel pit

Len Gillis

- Goulets

2017-02-28

Blackburn News

Wellington North Approves Gravel Pit Location Near Arthur

Campbell Cork

- Stack gravel pit, Arthur Twp

2017-02-13

Barrie Examiner

Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing on Tuesday for proposed gravel pit expansion

Ian McInroy

2017-02-02

Blackburn News

Fewer Objections to Proposed Southgate Gravel Pit

Campbell Cork

- Peyton Pit, near Holstein

- Flanagan Family

2016-12-29

Simcoe.com / Alliston Herald

OMB pre-hearings set for Tottenham No Frills plaza, gravel pit proposal

Brad Pritchard

- Nelson Aggregate 5556 & 5670

2016-12-07

SouthWesternOntario.ca

Wellington North council approves haulage agreement with gravel pit proponents

Kris Svela

- Ghent pit

2016-12-05

Chronicle Journal

LTE: Demand for aggregate harming natural areas

Paul Filteau

2016-11-28

Dailymail.co.uk

Businessman and his wife are at war with a quarrying company after the crystal clear spring that has supplied their £400,000 home since 1860 was contaminated, leaving them without water for four years

Matt Hunter

- water quality

2016-11-25

Creemore Echo

Lafarge applying to expand Avening quarry

Trina Berlo

- Avening Pit

2016-11-17

Orangeville Banner

Dufferin OPP search for dump truck after ‘significant’ gravel spill on Highway 10

Chris Halliday

2016-11-14

TimminsPress.com

OMB hearing set for proposed Baker Lake gravel pit

Len Gillis

2016-11-3

TheWhig.com

Mapping mix-up miffs Mulligan

Paul Schliesmann

- Village of Bath

“That quarry operation has to be protected first and foremost.”

2016-10-21

London Free Press

Loss of farmland cited by gravel pit opponents

John Miner

- Thames Centre

2016-09-20

Yorkregion.com

Stouffville mayor refuses to sign gravel pit amendment into law

Ali Raza

- AO Info: Large Scale Fill Operations News

2016-09-20

CBC News Manitoba

Train derails after crash with gravel truck

 

2016-09-09

Timminspress.com

City faces legal challenge at OMB over gravel pit decision

Len Gillis

2016-09-09

Enterprise Bulletin

Missing signs irks citizen's group

JT McVeigh

- Conn Gravel Pit, Town of the Blue Mountains

2016-09-06

Hamilton Spectator / Toronto Star

Quarry quarrel pits Burlington residents against brick company’s expansion plan

Christopher Reynolds

- 44 year old dormant licence

- Aldershot quarry

- Tyandaga Environmental Coalition

2016-08-12

BancroftThisWeek.com

Professor worries over quarry

Sarah Sobanski

- Sharon Cowling, Freymond quarry proposal (Letter to the Editor)

2016-07-27

Almaguin News

Legal help signs on in Emsdale quarry appeal

Andrew Mendler

- Emsdale quarry proposal

2016-07-21

Bancroft This Week

Quarry conversations resume with coming proposal

Sarah Sobanski

- Freymond quarry proposal pending

2016-07-01

TimminsPress.com

Proposed gravel pit denied approval from council

Len Gillis

2016-06-22

Barrie.CTVNews.ca

Police search for driver of gravel truck after morning crash on Highway 400

 

2016-06-03

Global News

26-year-old man killed after pickup truck crashes into Southern Ontario quarry

Adam Miller

- Hagersville quarry

2016-05-19

Blackburnnews.com

Southgate Council Hears Opposition To Gravel Pits

Campbell Cork

2016-04-28

TimminsPress.com

Council likely dug into a corner on gravel pit decision

Len Gillis

- Timmins

2016-04-28

TimminsPress.com

Baker Lake homeowners dead set against gravel pit

Len Gillis

- Timmins

2016-04-07

Caledon Citizen

Residents raise concerns over proposed Limebeeer Pit

Bill Rea

2016-02-25

InsideHalton.com

Milton Quarry wins Community Relations industry award

Steve LeBlanc

- OSSGA

2016-02-23

Newswire.ca

First in the World; CRH Canada's Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry certified as socially and environmentally responsible

 

2016-02-12

DurhamRegion.com

SASE Aggregate gravel pit expansion is moving along with Uxbridge council’s approval

Shane MacDonald

2016-01-21

Barrie Examiner

Springwater denies gravel pit expansion

Ian McInroy

- Eek, 1194233 Ontario Inc.. at 3568 Barrie Hill Rd.

2016-01-18

Barrie Examiner

Springwater residents opposing gravel pit expansion

Ian McInroy

- Eek, 1194233 Ontario Inc.. at 3568 Barrie Hill Rd.

2016-01-12

Beach Metro

Quarry lands plan opposed

Jon Muldoon

2016-01-10

Edmonton Journal

Parkland County residents fight gravel-pit approval close to their houses

Sheila Pratt

- Alberta

2016-01-08

CBC News

Gravel pit operators near Thunder Bay to now follow Ontario legislation

- previously exempt for ARA legislation

2016-01-08

Standard-Freeholder.com

Cornwall Gravel quarry expansion will move ahead

Greg Peerenboom

- Cornwall Gravel 62-acre expansion

2015-12-21

Almaguin News

Ryerson council using quarry experience to help others

Rebecca Zanussi

 

2015-12-16

Almaguin News

Loxton Line quarry passes Board approval

Rebecca Zanussi

- Powassan

2015-11-03

DurhamRegion.ca / Uxbridge Times Journal

Decision on controversial Uxbridge gravel pit expansion delayed

Moya Dillon

- SASE Aggregates Ltd.

- 29 ha expansion

- Wagg Rd and Conc. 4

2015-09-18

Wellington Advertiser

Residents oppose CBM gravel pit expansion at second public meeting

Olivia Rutt

- Hillsburgh St Marys / CBM

2015-09-16

TheRecord.com

Aggregate certification received with skepticism by townships

Paige Desmond

2015-09-11

Journal of Commerce

Crunch coming for gravel reserves in Western Canada

Jean Sorensen

2015-08-27

Simcoe.com / Innisfil Journal

Dump truck bursts into flames after Innisfil collision

Rick Vanderlinde

2015-08-25

CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador

Blasting debris strikes Cape Ray home, narrowly misses teen

- blast from 250m away

2015-08-19

Orangeville Citizen

Commentary:  Still more pits? We're just not ready

 

2015-08-18

Madhunt.com

Planning report recommends delaying decision on aggregate pit near Everett

 

2015-07-22

Standard-freeholder.com

Infrastructure Ontario stalling on re-opening access to "Trout Quarry" Crown land near Cornwall

Greg Peerenboom

- Trout Quarry, Cornwall

- site after-use:  park? recreation?

 

2015-07-16

MetroNews.ca

Disposal of fracking waste water gets OK

- fracking waste water to be used as coolant for kiln at Lafarge cement plant

- evaporation

2015-07-08

North Bay Nipissing News

Loxton quarry set for five-day hearing

Rebecca Zanussi

- Proposed Loxton Line quarry going to OMB

2015-06-30

Bancroft this Week

Public gets first look at proposed quarry

Nate Smelle

- Freymond proposal, near Bancroft

2015-06-24

CTV News Barrie

Three dead following head-on collision near Shelburne

- collision with gravel truck on highway 89, east of hwy 10

2015-06-15

InsideOttawaValley.com

Braeside garden tour to help defray quarry costs

MB-FACT McNab- Braeside

- asphalt

2015-06-20

Change.org

Petition:  STOP the HOT MIX ASPHALT PLANT - Protect the Beaver Valley and Lake Eugenia Watershed

Concerned Residents of Flesherton, ON

 - asphalt

2015-06-04

TheRecord.com

Region’s land settlement includes gravel pit deal

Paige Desmond

[- encouraging news]

2015-05-28

Durham Region

Stone-carving event could mean new public sculpture in Uxbridge

- Uxbridge Town Hall in brief

- Uxbridge is standing with other municipalities, including Trent Lakes and the Town of Halton Hills, as they urge the Province to reconsider existing policy governing aggregate resources.

2015-04-16

Wellington Advertiser

Concerns raised over proposal to extract gravel from below water table

Mike Robinson

- Pilkington

- Mann Construction (2 licences)

2015-04-14

Niagara Escarpment Views

Halton Hills Calls for Quarries to Demonstrate Need

- Doug Tripp, Concerned Residents Coalition

2015-03-24

CBC News NB

Nova Scotia taxpayers may be on hook for NAFTA defeat

Paul Withers

2015-03-23

InsideHalton.com

NEC endorses Acton Quarry expansion

Independent Free Press

2015-02-25

Muskokaregion.com / Bracebridge Examiner

Landscaping company fined for illegal pit

Mary Beth Hartill

2015-02-02

On-sitemag.com

Holcim, Lafarge assets sold to Irish-based CRH for $7.3B

 

2015-01-15

Country 107.3

Zorra cracks down on new aggregates

“impact of one tandem trailer fully loaded with aggregate is the equivalent of 65,000 cars driving on the road”

2014-12-15

London Community News

Gravel pit plan likely moving ahead after brief referral

Sean Meyer

2014-10-17

North Bay Nipissing News

Loring man fined $4,000 for illegal shore line work and aggregate pit operation

 

2014-09-18

Brantford Expositor

OFA urges getting tougher on trespassers

Michael-Allan Marion

- check 2nd story following feature story re: Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)

2014-09-12

BlackburnNews.com

CFFO Says Farmland Preservation Needed

Steve Sabourin

- Nathan Stevens, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO)

 

2014-08-02

Orangeville Banner

UPDATE: Orangeville hockey dad killed in Highway 10 collision

Chris Halliday

- car crossed into oncoming gravel truck

2014-08-20

Caledon Enterprise

Weight compliance issues abound in aggregate industry

Matthew Strader

2014-08-07

Caledon Enterprise

Shocking weight of aggregate truck numbers exposed in MTO study

Matthew Strader

2014-08-05

Canadian Environmental Law Association

Residents' Group Files Legal Challenge Against Ontario's Approval of Quarry Dewatering

-Citizens Against Melrose Quarry (CAMQ)

www.citizensagainstmelrosequarry.com

-Tyendinaga Township

-C.H. Demill Holdings Inc.

-Long’s Quarry

-below water table extraction

2014-05-15

Orangeville Banner

Aggregate fears mounting in Mono

Chris Halliday

2014-05-09

Wellington Advertiser

TAPMO calls for greater aggregate approach

- TAPMO

2014-05-05

Youtube / SciShow

The Deepest Hole in the World, And What We’ve Learned …

Russia’s Kola superdeep Borehole

“there’s water down there” (1:44 mins)

2014-05-12

Owen Sound Sun Times

Opinion: Questions about aggregate storage proposal for Owen Sound harbour

Christy Hempel

2014-04-23

Cornerstone Standards Council

CSC lays the foundation for responsible aggregates – over 2,000 comments received

 

2014-04-08

Republic of Mining

Holcim-Lafarge cement mega-merger to be felt in Canada

Nicolas Van Praet

2014-04-07

MSN News

Cement makers Holcim, Lafarge to merge

 

2014-02-07

CBC News

Lack of quarry rule enforcement frustrates northwest landowners

- Lappe Gravel Pit (4:04 mins)

2014-02-05

CBC News Ottawa

Residents petition against Kemptville gravel pit

Proposed 121 acre sand & gravel pit

2014-01-20

Northern Life.ca

Organization seeks higher standards for the aggregates industry

Jonathan Migneault

- Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC)

2013-08-15

Orangeville Citizen

Melville pit proposal said bad for Orangeville

Jordan Nunziato

2013-08-19

Ottawa Citizen

Braeside residents celebrate quarry appeal decision (with video)

Gemma Karstens-Smith

- asphalt plant

- Opponents fight expansion so far for 7 yrs

2013-08-14

Orangeville Banner

Letter: Better legislation needed to govern quarries

Christina Wigle

2013-08-14

Orangeville Banner

Letter:  Is another gravel pit necessary?

Gerard Morrison, Alton

 

2013-08-14

Caledon Enterprise

CAMP sets up to oppose Melville pit

Matthew Strader

2013-08-14

Tillsonburg News

Company fined for operating pit

- MNR relies on tips to catch violations

2013-07-26

Amusing Planet

The Poisonous Blue Lagoon of Harpur Hill, Buxton, England

Kaushik

- despite danger signs poisonous water attracts tourists

2013-07-04

Orangeville Citizen

Area residents unhappy at prospect of 200-acre pit near Melville

Bill Rea

2013-06-26

Ontario Environmental Registry

EBR #011-9462

Yves Roy, Pebble Beach Aggregate

Comment by 9-Aug-2013

2013-05-29

Ontario Environmental Registry

EBR-011-9264

622117 Ontario Inc. (Jim Brown & Sons Trucking)

Comment by 8-Jul-2013

2013-06-20

Bridgekeepers

OMB Decision re: proposed Aikenville gravel pit (.pdf)

EBR #010-4536

Issue Date:  Jan. 19, 2010

Decision Date:  Jun 20, 2013

Official plan and zoning by-law amendments are not in the public interest

2013-04-08

Citizen Action Monitor

Southern Ontario residents quick to organize in response to “Hidden Quarry” proposal

Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC)

- open gravel pit and quarry proposed by James Dick Construction for Rockwood

- Township of Guelph-Eramosa

[Overview]

2013-03-09

AWARE-Simcoe.ca

Carlisle quarry proposal is dead

Daniel Nolan, Hamilton Spectator

2013-03-08

Wellington Advertiser

Lever elected chair of gravel producing municipalities

Dennis Lever replaces Marolyn Morrison as Chair of Top Aggregate Producing Municipalities in Ontario (TAPMO)

2013-03-01

Wellington Advertiser

Puslinch mayor elected to chair of Ontario's top aggregate municipalities

- Dennis Lever, TAPMO

2012-07-26

Daily Commercial News

Two Ontario aggregate advocacy groups merge

- Aggregate Forum Ontario (AFO)

- Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregate (SERA)

Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC)

2012-06-06

Typex.ca

Blog:  The True Financial Cost Of An Aggregate Pit

Jeff Broomfield

 

 

To Fight or Not to Fight?

 

Making the decision to fight a proposed aggregate operation is not to be taken lightly.  Since the Ontario government is the primary user, legislation is written to favour the industry with easy, accessible and inexpensive product availability.

 

Fighting the aggregate companies and the government is not cheap.

 

Spending significant time, money and creativity to keep your world unchanged is exhausting.

 

There are, however, “success” stories.

 

Inspiration (most recent first)

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2018-06-18

Kawartha411.ca

Dewdney Mountain Farm gives up fight for mega quarry near Bobcaygeon

 

AO Info - Ledge Road/Dewdney Mountain

 

 

Opponents cost: $200,000

2013-03-09

Thespec.com

Carlisle quarry proposal is dead

 

AO Info - Flamborough proposal

Daniel Nolan

FORCE

Proposed Flambourgh quarry withdrawn after 10 year fight

 

2013-06-01

Environmental Bill Registry

Proposed Aikenville gravel pi - denied

(article)

2012-11-21

Nov. 23, 2012 Toronto Star

Victory over ‘mega quarry’ bittersweet for the farmers of Melancthon

 

AO Info – Melancthon Mega Quarry

Jessica McDiarmid / Jayme Poisson

 

Proposed Mega-Quarry in Melancthon – application withdrawn. 

 

Opponents cost: $200,000+ $1 million in pro bono advertising

 

 

AO Info - Mount Nemo

quarry expansion – denied

 

 

 

Proposed Rockfort quarry, Caledon – denied

 

 

 

Site 41 – cancelled

 

 

 

 

For more information:

Ontario Environmental Registry – www.ebr.gov.on.ca

 

For industry information, see these sources: 

Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA)

Ontario Road Builders Association

Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) – voluntary aggregate standards

The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC)

 

Grassroots Associations

·         Burlington area - www.tecburlington.com (Tyandaga Environmental Coalition)

·         Caledon area – www.pitsense.ca

·         Cambridge area – www.CRAND.org (Concerned Residents Association of North Dumfries)

·         Melancthon area – www.ndact.ca (North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce)

·         Melville area – www.stopthemelvillepit.com (Citizens Against Melville Pit (CAMP))

 

 

 

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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.


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APPENDIX B

 

 

Conversion:     

 

1 hectare (ha) = 2.47105 acres

1 km2 = 100 hectares (ha)

Cdn football field = 150 yards long by 65 yards wide or 9,750 square yards or 87,750 sq ft = 2.01 acres

US football field = 360’ long by 160 wide or 57,600 square feet = 1.32 acres

 

 

Why do we need limestone mining? - Calcite and dolomite (a magnesium-rich limestone), when heated and in some cases slurried or combined with salt, are used in making many everyday products such as paper, glass, paint and varnish, soap and detergents, textiles, refractories, baking powder, and pharmaceuticals, including milk of magnesia and bicarbonate of soda. Finely ground, they are used to control coal mine dust, to collect sulfur dioxide from power plant exhaust, to sweeten soils, and as ingredients in fertilizer and stock feeds, to name a few. Limestone is used extensively in Michigan to refine beet sugar.  When burned in a kiln to drive off gases, calcite and dolomite form burnt lime. Among the uses for burnt lime, in addition to steel making, are water and sewage treatment, acid waste neutralization, and road base stabilization. Crushed calcite and dolomite are used in concrete, road construction, building materials, and as a filler in asphalt.  List of limestone mining operations in Canada by Natural Resources Canada.