The Concerned Residents Coalition is a community group formed in March 2013 to support a thorough and fair assessment of the Hidden Quarry application by aggregate developer James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL). The CRC was incorporated in 2014 as a non-profit under the name CRC Rockwood Inc.
The original quarry application for re-zoning from Agricultural/Hazard to Industrial/Extractive submitted to Guelph Eramosa Township (GET) by JDCL in 2012 was adjourned indefinitely by the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in October 2016. However JDCL reapplied to GET and applied for the first time to Wellington County in December 2016 in spite of the growing mountain of evidence that the proposed site is too environmentally important to be destroyed by a quarry. As a result of CRC’s research over the past four years, we cannot conceive of conditions that would make this quarry acceptable, and so our effort is focused on making the case that this open pit mine not be approved.
With the health of the environment and the safety of our community hanging in the balance, the CRC continues to grow with more than 1,200 supporters from GET, Milton and Halton Hills. The potential impact of this quarry on the fragile environment of the area cannot be overstated or denied.
In 2015, independent of the CRC’s three years of research and presentations to GET Council, the upper tier Wellington County Council amended the Official Plan. The Plan now requires that the County approve zoning changes. It also designates the quarry site as “Greenlands”, “Core Greenlands” and “Agriculture”. Surprisingly the Greenlands designation does not guarantee against quarry development, hence CRC’s vigilance.
This quarry mine has been proposed for the 100-acre property at the North East corner of Highway 7 and the 6th Line Eramosa. It is only one kilometre from the southern neighbourhoods of Rockwood as the crow flies, and as little as 165 metres from homes and buildings on Eramosa 6th and 7th lines and those at the north end of Nassagaweya 5th line in Milton. Nearly half the population of Rockwood lives within 2 kilometers of the site. If mined the quarry would blast 23 metres below the water table in the Paris Galt Moraine, and into an important water recharge area, especially vulnerable given the porous nature of the karst rock structure in the area. Issues of pollution and impacts on private and municipal wells are among the potential negative impacts. More are listed below. If you are concerned please join the CRC, every voice is important, click here for contact info.
Many Reasons to be Concerned
The proposed quarry would hurt the Rockwood, Milton (Nassagaweya) and Halton Hills (Acton) negatively affecting the environment and communities in many ways including:
1. Damage to integrity of ground and surface water systems;
2. Risk to sustainability of household and municipal wells;
3. Destruction of significant wetlands;
4. Destruction of wildlife habitat;
5. Risk to cultural heritage structures;
6. Blasting damage and noise
7. Fly rock potential
8. Lower air quality
9. Decrease in property values
9. Haulage and traffic increased
10. Visual Impact
The Region and People Affected
– Rockwood Conservation Area
– Writers Festival / Wiki
– Going Carbon Neutral
Historical Atlas of Halton County
Acton Town Hall Centre
Blue Springs Scout Reserve