Mega Quarry

Protect Ontario’s land and drinking water, stop the Melancthon mega quarry. View Adrienne Arsenault’s report from CBC’s The National.

January 14, 2012 | | Web Extras

Protect Ontario’s land and drinking water, stop the Melancthon mega quarry.
View Adrienne Arsenault’s report from CBC’s The National.

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Priceless for potatoes: The quarry would be in the heart of the Honeywood plateau, a parcel of exceptional vegetable land twice the size of Holland Marsh. The area’s farmers have their own reasons to love the porous limestone that lies not far below their prized Honeywood Loam: it’s what drains the soil while reducing the need to irrigate by wicking moisture from below. Add to that a high elevation, cool climate and virtually f at, stonefree acreage, and it’s heaven for spuds – a combination they say can’t be found anywhere else. Photo Bryan Davies

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  1. Thank you for your coverage of this potential mega-mistake. While Ontarians do need aggregate, Melancthon (90 minutes north west of Toronto) is not a good location to be extracting below the water table. The water from this headwaters area runs south to Lake Erie, west to Lake Huron and north/east to Georgian Bay. It is source water for one million Ontarians. This area is also productive prime farmland. The cost of aggregate taken from this area will be paid by Ontarians in fresh food and clean water. Walkerton showed us the dangers of contaminated water. It is a cost that Ontarians cannot afford to pay. For more information see http://www.facebook.com/friends.of.ndact

    No Mega Quarry from Guelph on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply

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