07 Jul '11, 12am

Take Action: Ontario's Proposed Mega-Quarry Could Contaminate Drinking Water for A Million People

Take Action: Ontario's Proposed Mega-Quarry Could Contaminate Drinking Water for A Million People

Image: Rabble.ca . Proposed mega-quarry deeper than Niagara Falls As Lloyd detailed in an earlier post on the enormous ecological footprint of concrete , a US-owned hedge fund is proposing a mega-quarry in Melancthon, about an hour and a half away from Toronto. It's an area best known for its excellent agricultural land and favourable micro-climate, but if the project goes ahead, thousands of acres will be dug up for limestone aggregate, creating Canada's largest open-pit mine, and second largest in North America. To give you a better frame of reference, the quarry would be greater in height than Niagara Falls. The Highland Companies also plans to pump 600 millions of litres of water used in the quarry floors back into recharge wells, raising concerns that this could contaminate drinking water supplies of over a million Ontarians further south with blasting residue and die...

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