Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION...Share your voice on quarry's future
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 6 Apr 2007, p. 6

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When it comes to discussion-- virtually any discussion-- involving Dufferin Aggregates there are usually dichotomous views on the local quarry operation. One opinion held is that the company is slowly, but surely, destroying the beauty and vitality of the Niagara Escarpment in the firm's bid to retrieve much soughtafter aggregate. Critics charge the environment has been forever damaged by the quarrying operation and these same critics are usually first in line to fight any plans for expansion by Dufferin. The contrary opinion is one that Dufferin is a business meeting an Ontario-wide demand for aggregate and has gone above and beyond expectations in trying to rehabilitate the land it quarries. The firm points to the fact it has allowed for the planting of more than 21,000 trees in recent years and exceeded standards in sloping quarry walls, among other things. The quarry has also been criticized for its hours of operation and neighbours have complained about blasting at the site. Dufferin contends, while it has a licence to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it has consulted with neighbours to try and lessen the impact of the quarry operation on those who live nearby. Regardless of which view one holds, the fact remains that when quarrying operations eventually cease, there will be many acres of land available and Dufferin is planning now how best to use those lands. Dufferin is seeking seven residents from the Acton area to participate on the After Use Vision Advisory Committee (the Town will also appoint three members of the public, a councillor and one staff person). The committee will provide advice to Dufferin on how best to use the land in the future-- uses that could include anything from nature trails to soccer fields to fishing ponds. Love them or hate them, quarries do have a shelf life and local residents should jump at the chance to help shape the future of the Acton quarry.

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OPINION...Share your voice on quarry's future