Concerned Citizens Of Brant – CCOB

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Appeal Notifications Request

Hello members!! As part of the appeal the tribunal has asked for the names and addresses for all those who wish to be notified of these proceedings. If you would like to be notified please reply to this email with … Continue reading

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Appeal Has Been Filed

The CCOB & the County of Brant have filed an appeal against the Permit To Take Water and the Environmental Compliance Approval. Now we wait for the Environmental Review Tribunal to contact us and setup a date. Our legal team … Continue reading

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Prepare for Action

CCOB supporters need to know that the ‘Leave to Appeal’ is still pending, we expect the decision later this month. To prevent another Walkerton, Ontario or Flint, Michigan we should be the custodians and prevent any future issues with our … Continue reading

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Expert OpinionCheck out this page to learn about Professor Ken Howard, our lead expert witness & his opinion regarding the safety of our water.

"Despite being requested to do so, the proponents have not made any serious effort to determine the presence and distribution of atrazine at the site. Their investigation program – design, implementation and number of samples collected is entirely inadequate." Ken Howard

CCOB’s mission: “Protecting our source water & environment NOW! & for future generations”

Our group was founded early in 2012 when a notification was delivered to inform us that a company intended on activating a 38 year old license to extract gravel in the well-head protection area of Paris’ water supply. Since this time, we have been actively pursuing the government for answers as to why a license, that is now 40 years old, is allowed to be activated after such a long dormancy when there are presently so many concerns regarding drinking water safety. 3 years later, those questions remain largely unanswered.

The CCOB has asked to see the science that proves that our water will not be contaminated by the workings of this proposed operation. Research by not only the CCOB, but by many other groups that share our concerns, confirms that the aggregate industry has been deemed exempt from any such suggestion that they might impact our water. The science that has been presented is, in the words of our expert at the stakeholder’s meeting; absolute rubbish. The CCOB has found that the aggregate industry is protected from citizens and exempted from the laws that protect us at one of the highest levels of our law: the Provincial Policy Statement.

After dealing with our provincial and federal government, we have come to learn that they have no interest in protecting our water. It is up to the people to determine if a threat exists and then prove it. That’s what we plan to do. Stand with the CCOB and protect your water.

What are the major issues?

Water Supply At Risk

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The proposed gravel pit is planned right on top of our non-renewable water supply in Paris’ wellhead protection area (within 100′ of wellheads) just as Brant  County is finalizing its source water protection plan as set out by the Clean Water Act. The pit’s proponents plan on digging below the water table exposing our town’s aquifer to the elements and we feel risking contamination. The Region of Waterloo, which has been recognized as a leader in the research of gravel pits & wellhead protection, has tried to prohibit gravel pits in their source protection plan but has been denied. The source protection committee has tried to list gravel pit related threats to our drinking water but have been denied. Has the need for aggregates been placed as a priority over our health & safety?

CCOB resources include experts in many fields and we have prepared some base theories regarding the threats related to our drinking water. These two research papers directly address the opinion that the extraction of aggregates does not impact our water supplies and provide a solid base for further scientific study to prove this once and for all. Click the following links to read more.
Potential Risks from Pesticide Residues and Aggregate Washing
Changes In Water Chemistry After Aggregate Extraction

Unfair Cost To Taxpayer

$2,000,000 to rebuild Watts Pond Road from 24A to Ayr Rd over wetlands at taxpayer’s expense. Since the 38 year old license states that the gravel will be transported by rail, there was no condition placed on the license to assure adequate trucking routes were available.

Rebuilding intersections to accomodate heavy gravel trucks with turning and acceleration lanes and traffic signals at the cost of $100’s of thousands. Traffic lights alone are $100,000 per intersection.

$800,000 per year, per million tonnes at taxpayer cost to maintain and repair roads due to wear and tear caused by gravel trucks.

$2.4 million yearly cost to taxpayer just for the last 3 licences acted on. The LaFarge pit expansion, the new Olszowka pit application and the Watts Pond Road pit.

$10’s of millions to upgrade water filtration at taxpayers cost. If our water situation changes, we will have to pay the bills. The Telfer wells will be subjected to GUDI conditions and require heavy investment. No studies have been done nor are required.

$35 Million allocated for roads and capital projects in Brant for 2013 from our total $90 million budget. Capital projects for who? Last year, capital projects was not even a category. In review of the Olszowka application’s traffic impact study, there were very strong recommendations for the County to pay for infrastructure including the building of their entrance, upgrading intersections & even a new highway exchange at the 403 which would include a bridge. Nothing about how truck traffic will impact citizens in the study. Is this an indication as to who these capital projects are for?

Gilbert Creek At Risk

Gilbert Creek is a provincially significant wetland, the main source of Paris drinking water and is part of the ecosystem that keeps the Grand River healthy. It is fed by the aquifer and is directly affected by the level of the water table. In a time where our water levels are already low & drier seasons are forecast, can we afford even more stress on the system? Members of the CCOB have requested any studies done to determine the potential impact on Gilbert Creek and the Paris Water supply. None have been provided, none can be found.

Issue Details

More detailed concerns have compiled in the issues section or you can download the “Information Guide For Citizens”, a PDF created by Gravel Watch Ontario which outlines many of the issues associated with pits. Just click to download.

CCOB needs your help!

We cannot stop this alone and county council is powerless to do anything without us. We need thousands of supporters to win this so we need your help in spreading the word and connecting people with our site. Become a member, order a lawn sign, sign up to our mailing list or like the Concerned Citizens Of Brant (CCOB) Facebook page to keep informed.

Maude Barlo speaking at CCOB’s information session

Water Displacement Experiment – Simulating the Effects On An Aquifer When Extracting Gravel Below the Water Table

The Ripple Effect – The Role of Conservation Authorities in Protecting Ontario’s Drinking Water

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