The Concerned REsident’s Coalition (CRC) caused more than a few heads to turn at the intersetion of Highway 7 and Fifth Line Nassagaweya on Monday, only 75 meters from Blas James Dick (JDCL) intends to carry out at the Hidden Quarry… full story
A local activist group is calling on the province to establish minimum setbacks for mine blasting from homes near quarries.
Standing in front of a home just 75 metres away from the Hidden Quarry, near Rockwood, members of the Concerned Residents Coalition demonstrated what the possible effects can be of hazardous flying rock.
“We implore you to decry a minimum 500-metre exclusion zone,” said Harry Wilson, board member of the coalition. He explained that flyrock from blasting sites causes nearby 1,000 deaths annually around the globe, causing damage to roads, houses and vehicles… more.
Tell Minister John Yakabuski (Natural Resources and Forestry) to impose ‘Flyrock Exclusion Zone’ on proposed Hidden Quarry in Rockwood Ontario and on all Ontario aggregate quarries.
The Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) erected signs on Monday along a section of Hwy. 7 near Rockwood Ontario to publicize its concerns about danger to the public from flyrock at the proposed Hidden Quarry site.
The Concerned Residents Coalition demands that John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry immediately impose a 500 metre Flyrock Exclusion Zone on James Dick Construction Ltd.’s proposed Hidden Quarry.
In fact, CRC demands that the Minister require a 500-metre flyrock exclusion zone for all aggregate quarries in Ontario.
A Flyrock Exclusion Zone would protect local residents, businesses and commuters from personal injury and property damage from flyrock ejected by explosive blasting.
At the proposed Hidden Quarry James Dick Construction Ltd. plans to blast within 75 metres of a section of Hwy. 7 near the proposed Hidden Quarry (HQ). Flyrock killed a passenger in a car traveling on Interstate-75 (in US) and also another car passenger on the M1 (In UK) at greater distances than the HQ property is from Highway 7.
The Ontario government currently does not have regulations to establish “Flyrock Exclusion Zones”. 500-metre exclusion zones are required for quarry and mine blasting in US, Scotland, Wales, and Australia. In Nova Scotia the requirement is 800 metres*.