In The News

Links to articles posted in the media regarding the gravel pit in Paris.

 

Media Release

Brant citizens’ group seeks environmental appeals

Paris, Ontario – Citizens in Brant County are seeking to appeal an industrial sewage works approval and a water taking permit issued by the Ontario government that would allow a company to operate an aggregate washing operation at a gravel pit, which it received a licence for over 40 years ago but had never used until late 2014, on, or immediately adjacent to, the wellhead protection area for the Town of Paris water supply…  http://www.cela.ca/newsevents/media-release/brant-citizens-group-seeks-environmental-appeals

CCOB appealing MOECC permit decisions for Paris pit

A Paris citizens group is seeking an appeal of the provincial government decision to issue water-taking and industrial sewage works permits to Dufferin Aggregates for a gravel pit in the town’s north end… http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6121952-ccob-appealing-moecc-permit-decisions-for-paris-pit/

Paris group to appeal Dufferin water-taking permit

A grassroots group opposed to the opening by Dufferin Aggregates of a gravel pit north of Paris says it will appeal a decision by the Ministry of the Environment to grant the company a water-taking permit and an environmental compliance approval… http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/11/09/paris-group-to-appeal-dufferin-water-taking-permit

BRANT COUNTY: Water-taking permit for Dufferin Aggregates at issue

County council is supporting a bid by the Concerned Citizens of Brant to appeal the Ministry of the Environment’s approval of a water-taking permit for Dufferin Aggregates’ new gravel pit north of Paris… http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/11/10/brant-county-water-taking-permit-for-dufferin-aggregates-at-issue

MOE approves Dufferin wash pond requests

The two most contentious issues behind the Paris gravel pit opened by Dufferin Aggregates have been resolved, at least for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change… http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/6062637-moe-approves-dufferin-wash-pond-requests/

 

Council commended

“This council gets it.” Those are the words used by Jeff Broomfield after Brant County council overwhelmingly approved the three resolutions the Concerned Citizens of Brant submitted to council.

Indeed, council must be commended for voting in favour of these resolutions. Council understood that if science doesn’t inform our decisions, people will suffer.

Coun. Shirley Symons was astute when she urged council to vote for the resolution to establish a precise baseline for the current quality of the Paris water sources.<

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/03/26/council-commended

Citizen group gets Brant council support for fight against gravel pit

Brant County council is moving to rallying to a request by the grassroots group Concerned Citizens of Brant to take a harder line on testing for atrazine in water-permit applications by aggregate companies.

Council approved overwhelmingly Tuesday three draft resolutions submitted by the citizens group that are designed to protect drinking water from contamination by atrazine, and the aquifer from penetration during gravel extraction. 

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/03/25/citizen-group-gets-brant-council-support-for-fight-against-gravel-pit

Concerned citizens win support from county council

Group asks for better water testing near gravel pit site

The Concerned Citizens of Brant have once again asked County of Brant council to pass motions encouraging safeguards for Paris’ water supply in light of a planned a gravel pit.

Nick Greenacre, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Brant, made the requests at council’s Tuesday meeting, focusing on atrazine, a widely used herbicide he says has been linked to breast cancer in women.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5525874-concerned-citizens-win-support-from-county-council/

BRANT COUNTY: Concern over water-taking permit for Dufferin’s Paris pit

The Concerned Citizens of Brant will be at county council Tuesday armed with more information in its quest to stop Dufferin Aggregates from obtaining a water-taking permit for its Paris pit.

The group is fighting an application by Dufferin for a water-taking permit from the Ministry of the Environment for a wash pond for its soon-to-open gravel pit on more than 600 acres straddling Watts Pond Road. 

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/03/23/brant-county-concern-over-water-taking-permit-for-dufferins-paris-pit

Committee supports Watts Pond Road work

Paris gravel pit ready to ship product

Brant’s public works committee supported a request by Dufferin Aggregates to ask for bids on Watts Pond Road improvements Tuesday.

Kevin Mitchell, director of property, planning and approvals at Holcim Canada Inc., Dufferin’s parent company, told the committee work needed for 1 km of the road leading to a new sand and gravel pit is ready for tender.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5257253-committee-supports-watts-pond-road-work/

Haggart wins support for water protection against aggregate mining

A former County of Brant mayoral candidate has won the support of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee for a motion expressing concern over land uses that penetrate and make vulnerable sources of municipal water.

Roy Haggart, a Paris man who represents the committee in Brantford, Brant County and Hamilton, presented the motion to the committee on Nov. 6.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5104365-haggart-wins-support-for-water-protection-against-aggregate-mining/

Youth speak out over Paris gravel pit

A Paris high school student has spoken out for a youthful contingent against the Dufferin Aggregates pit under construction on Watts Pond Road.

Beth Stulen handed over more than 500 letters written to raise concern over the gravel pit to County of Brant Mayor Ron Eddy during the last meeting of the 2010-2014 council.

“I represent not just my generation, but my children and grandchildren,” Stulen told council, and members of the community, many of whom are part of the Concerned Citizens of Brant (CCOB) group that formed a few years ago when Dufferin announced the gravel pit. “We all depend on the (Telfer) wellhead as a source of clean water.”

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5243164-youth-speak-out-over-paris-gravel-pit/

NDP deputy leader talks environmental policy

Federal NDP environment critic Megan Leslie got a grounding in Brant’s eco-political hotspots in a roundtable with local citizens’ groups.

Leslie, the MP for Halifax and NDP deputy leader, was accompanied by Brant NDP candidate of record Marc Laferriere as she talked over local issues Thursday afternoon with representatives of several organizations in the environmental roundtable.

They included the Grand River Environmental Group, Sustainable Brant, the Concerned Citizens of Brant, local representatives of the National Farmers Union and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario, and the Brantford Collegiate Institute Eco Hawks.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2014/12/05/ndp-deputy-leader-talks-environmental-policy

BRANT COUNTY: Aquifer testing questioned

PARIS – Brant County council is taking seriously a request from a grassroots group to recommend to the Ministry of the Environment that Dufferin Aggregates not be given a water-taking permit for its soon to open Paris pit.

But councillors want to take more time to review information about the subject.

The Concerned Citizens of Brant has been opposing an application by Dufferin for a water-taking permit required for a wash pond at its pit on Watts Pond Road.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2015/02/17/live-blog-brant-county-council-meeting

Grassroots group asks for water testing on municipal wells

A grassroots group opposing the Dufferin Aggregates gravel pit north of Paris wants Brant County council to test the water for pesticides in two nearby well systems that supply the town.

But council has decided to follow a different strategy and put the request to a stakeholders meeting in two months. The county received a letter from Jeff Broomfield of the Concerned Citizens of Brant requesting council to order the sampling of the Gilbert and Telfer wells for a standard range of pesticides at a detection limit of 0.1ug/L.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2014/11/25/live-blog—-brant-county-council-meeting-nov-25

CCOB has been effective

We would like to take the opportunity to respond to County of Brant mayoral candidate Shawn Pratt on his recent comments regarding the proposed pit on Watts Pond Road.

As members of CCOB for more than two years we can assure you that our group consists of some very dedicated and effective adults. We invite you, Mr. Pratt, to attend a CCOB meeting to get a better understanding of what we have accomplished as a group of citizens banding together to protect our water, farmland and the environment. We are 1,000 members strong.

http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2014/10/03/letters-ccob-has-been-effective

LETTER: Why Paris residents should be concerned about their water

RE: Pit plan moving forward, resident concern remains, Feb. 20, 2014, Brant News

You should be worried about your water.

The Concerned Citizens Of Brant have been asking for Dufferin Aggregates to prove that our water is safe for two years now and they continue to rely on public insults to erode our support rather than provide proof that our aquifer will be safe.

They were quoted in the paper asking us to trust the science that says our water is safe. We said show us this science and we will believe you.

http://www.brantnews.com/opinion-story/4391074-letter-why-paris-residents-should-be-concerned-about-their-water/

Concerned citizens seek to deny Paris pit approvals

The Concerned Citizens of Brant wants provincial approvals for the Dufferin Aggregates pit on Watts Pond Road denied until there is scientific proof the gravel pit will not adversely affect the local water supply and aquifer.

County of Brant council supported the request at its most recent meeting, agreeing to ask the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Natural Resources to hold back approvals.

It’s clearly a victory for us, a big victory, especially in light of the fact that the MOE is currently reviewing the permit to take water,” said Ron Norris, CCOB president.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/4558408-concerned-citizens-seek-to-deny-paris-pit-approvals/

CCOB pleads for Brant council to oppose water-taking permit

Group fears water contamination without further testing

The Concerned Citizens of Brant made another effort to rally the County of Brant council’s support to delay a water-taking permit for a Paris gravel pit.

Ron Norris and Nick Greenacre of the CCOB, a grassroots community group opposed to the aggregate mine on Watts Pond Road, spoke to council on Tuesday and focused on the questions proposed by Professor Ken Howard, director of the Groundwater Research Group, at a Feb. 5 meeting of stakeholders.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/5344771-ccob-pleads-for-brant-council-to-oppose-water-taking-permit/

Provincial candidates sound off on proposed gravel pit

Brant provincial election candidates say, if elected Thursday, they would work to make sure environmental, transportation and financial concerns are taken into account when it comes to the proposed Dufferin Aggregates gravel pit in Paris that has been the source of much controversy.

The Concerned Citizens of Brant have voiced their concerns that a planned pit on Watts Pond Road could contaminate the local water supply as well as create the need for road maintenance because of the damage caused by gravel trucks transporting material.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/4569614-provincial-candidates-sound-off-on-proposed-gravel-pit/

Brant mayoral candidates sound off on proposed gravel pit

Brant mayoral candidates say they plan to continue supporting the Concerned Citizens of Brant and the concerns the group has about a planned gravel pit in Paris if elected on Oct. 27.

Over the past few years, CCOB has been active in voicing their fears that the proposed Dufferin Aggregates pit on Watts Pond Road could contaminate the local water supply and create the need for additional road maintenance because of damage caused by gravel trucks transporting material.

http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/4885335-brant-mayoral-candidates-sound-off-on-proposed-gravel-pit/

EDITORIAL: More fierce gravel pit fight ahead?

Members of a Paris-based group called the Concerned Citizens of Brant were surely a little more concerned following a recent decision by Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources to not review a licence granted to Dufferin Aggregates nearly 40 years ago to extract gravel from a 600-acre site north of Paris. The decades-old licence will allow Dufferin to operate a gravel pit along Watts Pond Road, despite concerns expressed by many that much has changed near the proposed pit location during the past 40 years. A request submitted by the CCOB to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in January asked the MNR to review or revoke Dufferin’s licence. 

http://www.brantnews.com/opinion-story/4110678-editorial-more-fierce-gravel-pit-fight-ahead-/

Concerned Citizens of Brant protest proposed Paris gravel pit

Brant News
ByVictoria Gray
Lori Hutty doesn’t want her slice of heaven ruined for corporate gain.
“I’m worried about the noise, the water supply and the truck traffic that will be going down my street,” she said. Hutty was one of about 60 Concerned Citizens of Brant members who staged a protest in front of the County of Brant municipal building in Paris Tuesday night. The protest was to let council know they don’t want Dufferin Aggregates to set up shop in their backyard and they don’t want the county to pay for road maintenance on the company’s behalf.
http://www.brantnews.com/news-story/4124356-concerned-citizens-of-brant-protest-proposed-paris-gravel-pit

Dufferin offer ‘starting point’

PARIS – About 40 members of the grassroots group Concerned of Brant, supported by the Council of Canadians, marched with placards in the streets of downtown Paris on Tuesday evening.
They also took up positions in front of the county administration building and the door to council chambers.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/09/24/dufferin-offer-starting-point

Protest planned of road plans

PARIS – A citizen action group plans to protest outside the council chamber Tuesday evening to emphasize its opposition to an aggregate company’s plans to push forward with upgrades to a road for its planned gravel pit. Members of Concerned Citizens of Brant will picket outside the chamber for an hour before the meeting starts at 7 p.m. They are against a proposal by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. to donate $1.5 million worth of aggregate over a 10-year period to the county.
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/09/23/protest-planned-of-road-plans

Brant offered $1.5M of aggregate

PARIS – As it continues to discuss road upgrades for its property on Watts Pond Road, Dufferin Aggregates has tossed a $1.5-million offer to the County of Brant for free aggregate to use wherever it wants….click link for full article;  http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/07/24/brant-offered-15m-of-aggregate

Environmental commissioner yet to report on pit decision

With regards to your article, “Request for review of Paris pit licence rejected,” by Michael-Allen Marion in Wednesday’s Expositor, I would like to clarify my role in the situation under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, especially in light of the caption to the accompanying photo, which could be misleading.
When I get an application for review, the first step is that I forward it to the ministry responsible, in this case the Ministry of Natural Resources.
That ministry has to decide whether they will review it or not. In this case they chose not to.
My staff and I will now review the MNR decision and the reasons given for the denial. This will be published in our annual report to the legislature in the fall.
For more information please see my website at www.eco.on.ca.

Gord Miller
Ontario Environmental Commissioner
http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/03/20/environmental-commissioner-yet-to-report-on-pit-decision

Ministry of Natural Resources denies gravel pit licence review request

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has decided not to review a licence granted to Dufferin Aggregates nearly 40 years ago to extract gravel from a site located north of Paris.
A request submitted in January to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario by the Concerned Citizens of Brant asked the MNR to review or revoke the licence for the proposed pit, located on Watts Pond Road…click link for full article;  http://www.brantnews.com/news/ministry-of-natural-resources-denies-pit-licence-review-request/

Request for review of Paris pit licence rejected

PARIS – A grassroots group is disappointed to learn that its application to Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller for a review of a 39-year-old licence by an aggregate firm to open a gravel pit north of Paris has been rejected.
The group Concerned Citizens of Brant received a decision late last week turning down its application for a review or revocation of the licence held by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. for a sand and gravel pit on more than 600 acres of farmland on the north and south sides of Watts Pond Road…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/03/19/request-for-review-of-paris-pit-licence-rejected

Aggregate company moves forward with plans

PARIS – Dufferin Aggregates is moving another step closer in its controversial plan to open a sand and gravel pit on farmland north of Paris, by filing an application for a water-taking permit.
The application to the Ministry of the Environment is for a permit required to take water for a source water pond and settling pond. The water will be used to clean the aggregate the company will extract from a pit that it will operate on more than 600 acres on the north and south sides of Watts Pond Road…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/03/13/aggregate-company-moves-forward-with-plans

Region will fight to maintain control over depth of gravel pits

WATERLOO REGION — Three years ago, a move by the Region of Waterloo to protect groundwater tables from gravel-pit companies was blocked by the Ontario government.
And now three municipalities — the region, the Township of Woolwich and the County of Wellington — have appealed to a provincial tribunal to restore the sections of the region’s Official Plan that limit the depth of gravel pits.
The struggle will be played out during a massive hearing of the Ontario Municipal Board, a provincial tribunal that rules on land-use disputes. It is an important issue for people living in Waterloo Region because most of their tap water comes from the ground…click link for full article; http://www.therecord.com/news/local/article/886397–region-will-fight-to-maintain-control-over-depth-of-gravel-pits

The science of gravel extraction

Conducting independent research into the effects of gravel extraction on groundwater resources is keeping a County of Brant resident busy as companies seek to open gravel pits in the municipality.
Nick Greenacre, a retired lecturer in environmental health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in England and former head of the Regional Network Centre for Water and Waste Management in East Africa, is researching the effects of gravel extraction below the water table in relation to a proposed 600-acre gravel pit to be loca…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/the-science-of-gravel-extraction/

LETTER: Assessing the risk of Dufferin’s gravel pit

RE: “The science of gravel extraction,”
Dufferin Aggregates Watts Pond Road Paris gravel pit proposal.

In his response to the concerns that I raised with reporter Jason Teakle regarding the potential release of pesticide residues by the aggregate washing process, Kevin Mitchell of Dufferin Aggregates is reported as stating: “There is no known example of an aggregate operation resulting in groundwater contamination of a municipal supply.”
The following is taken from The Ministry of Natural Resources 2006 report “Applied Research on Source Water Protection Issues in the Aggregate Industry Phase l Findings:”
“Comments were made in several publications that having no documented instances of water quality impacts from aggregate operations could also be due to lack of monitoring.”
It is appreciated that Dufferin Aggregates (Holcim Canada) has made its monitoring data on water quality available to the public. However, the data does not include any test results for pesticide residues either in the water or in the ground of the site….click link for full article;
http://www.brantnews.com/opinion/letter-assessing-the-risk-of-dufferins-gravel-pit/

EDITORIAL: Gravel pit plan causing a stir in Paris

A Saturday public meeting held by the Concerned Citizens of Brant at the Paris Fairgrounds made one thing abundantly clear: a gravel pit just to the north of Paris proposed by Dufferin Aggregates won’t be excavated without a fight.
About 400 county residents gathered to hear Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians lend her support to those who oppose the proposed 600-acre operation…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/editorial-gravel-pit-plan-causing-a-stir-in-paris/

Gravel pit foes get support

PARIS – More than 400 people turned out Saturday afternoon to hear horror stories about what could happen if the fight is lost against Dufferin Aggregates Ltd.’s plan to open a gravel pit.
Maude Barlow, the national chair of the Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, a worldwide agency promoting the human right to water, had the crowd at the Paris fairgrounds on its feet as she pledged the support of the council to stop the pit….click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/01/13/gravel-pit-foes-get-support

Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians speaks at the Paris Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Renowned water activist Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians has lent her support to the Concerned Citizens of Brant’s effort to halt the excavation of a gravel pit north of Paris.
During a public meeting at the Paris Fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon, Barlow told more than 400 people that clean water is a human right and communities must work together to ensure their water supply remains safe and available to all…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/barlow-lends-support-to-gravel-pit-fight/

Group turns to environmental commissioner

A citizen group is appealing to Ontario Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller to launch a review of a 38-year-old licence for a gravel pit on farmland north of the town before the company can open it.
The Concerned Citizens of Brant and the Canadian Environmental Law Association have announced that they are using a section of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights to file an appeal for a review of the licence …click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2013/01/02/group-turns-to-environmental-commissioner

CCOB appeals Paris gravel pit plan to environmental commissioner

Saturday, January, 05, 2013
A group of concerned Paris residents hope an appeal to Ontario’s environmental commissioner will make Queen’s Park finally take notice of its longstanding opposition to a gravel pit proposed by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd.
The Concerned Citizens of Brant have asked environmental commissioner Gord Miller to review the company’s …click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/ccob-appeals-gravel-pit-plan/

Controversial ‘mega quarry’ project in Ontario scrapped as company withdraws application

MELANCTHON, Ont. — The company behind a proposed quarry project north of Toronto has withdrawn its application saying it does not have “sufficient” support from the community and the government …click link for full article; http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/11/21/controversy-mega-quarry-project-in-ontario-scrapped-as-company-withdraws-application/

How the war against the mega quarry was won

In early 2011, while visiting our relatives’ farm near Melancthon in Dufferin County, Ont., my wife and I learned about the now infamous “mega quarry” proposal tabled by The Highland Companies, which were looking to turn the area’s rolling hills into one of the largest open-pit excavation sites in North America…click link for full article; http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/11/23/jason-van-bruggen-how-the-war-against-the-mega-quarry-was-won/

 

Dufferin cites science to answer water concerns

PARIS – Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. officials say they want to clear up concerns raised by a community group about extraction below the water table in a gravel pit the company wants to open north of Paris. In a teleconference call…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/10/10/dufferin-cites-science-to-answer-water-concerns

Dufferin gravel pit entrance changed

PARIS – Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. has received approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources to change the location of the entrance to its pending gravel pit north of Paris…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/11/13/dufferin-gravel-pit-entrance-changed

 Dufferin pit plan ammended

A Dufferin Aggregates official says the company is listening to the concerns of Paris residents in amending a plan for its proposed gravel pit on Watts Pond Road. Dufferin has received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to relocate the entrance…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/dufferin-aggregates-amends-proposed-gravel-pit-plan/

County council asks ministry to revoke Dufferin pit licence

The County of Brant is determined to have Dufferin Aggregates’ licence to extract gravel from a more than 600 acre site north of Paris revoked. Councillors voted during a meeting…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/county-council-asks-ministry-to-revoke-dufferin-pit-licence/

Residents voice concerns over proposed gravel pit

PARIS – Brant County council and about 60 residents gave a grilling to a proposal by aggregate firm St Marys Cement to open a gravel pit on more than 500 acres of farmland straddling Bishopsgate Road, northeast of Burford. Residents and councillors in the planning advisory committee listened for an hour in the council chamber last week…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/2012/11/27/residents-voice-concerns-over-proposed-gravel-pit?utm_source=addThis&utm_medium=addthis_button_facebook&utm_campaign=Residents+voice+concerns+over+proposed+gravel+pit+%7C+News+%7C+Paris+Star#.ULYd2EtH1wA.facebook

‘This movement is not going away’

PARIS — “This is not a done deal,” organizer Mark Calzavara told the Concerned Citizens of Brant rally Saturday morning. “It’s never a done deal… that’s how they stop you from fighting.”
Calzavara, the Council of Canadians’ Ontario-Quebec regional organizer, was one of three speakers to cap a morning of demonstration and protest in Paris, starting and ending at the Syl Apps Community Centre and featuring more than 100 people who noisily walked their way across the Grand River and up and down Grand River Avenue….click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/10/13/pots-and-pans-protest-pit

150 protest proposed Watts Pond Road gravel pit

Jason Teakle BRANT NEWS
Chants of “hey, hey, ho, ho, this gravel pit has got to go” were bellowed in the County of Brant on Saturday morning as about 150 people marched through downtown Paris banging pots and pans to protest a planned gravel pit on Watts Pond Road.
“We get to have a bit of fun, raise some awareness and make a clear statement that this movement is not going away,” said Ron Norris, spokesperson for the Concerned Citizens of Brant, which organized the event. “As a community, we are not going to go silently into the night. This issue is going to get bigger and snowball.”…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/150-protest-proposed-paris-gravel-pit/

A video of the event
http://www.tout.com/m/rn0fbw

Environment watchdog slams Ontario’s drought response

According to Miller, the province’s PTTW policy, which is administered by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), has some warts as well. Since it doesn’t plan to produce watershed-based inventories of water use that would reveal cumulative impacts, he claims the MOE is issuing permits without gaging possible impacts beforehand.
“It is preferable to manage water takings proactively than to implement restrictions on PTTW holders after low water conditions have arisen,” Miller reported…click link for full article; http://www.orangeville.com/news/local/article/1515262–environment-watchdog-slams-ontario-s-drought-response

No review possible of Dufferin pit licence

PARIS – It doesn’t look as if Dufferin Aggregates Ltd.’s 38-year-old licence to open its gravel pit north of Paris is going to be reviewed anytime soon. Brant County council received…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/09/04/no-review-possible-of-dufferin-pit-licence

Citizens step up opposition 
to Dufferin Aggregates gravel pit

Jason Teakle BRANT NEWS
The Concerned Citizens of Brant are ramping up their campaign to have a 38-year-old aggregate extraction licence re-opened by the Ministry of Natural Resources in relation to a planned gravel pit on Watts Pond Road near Paris.
During a presentation to County of Brant councillors on Tuesday, Ron Norris, spokesperson for CCOB, said the group feels that Dufferin Aggregates intends to push ahead with the more than 600-acre operation, despite resistance and concern about drinking water sources being expressed by residents in the area…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/citizens-step-up-opposition-%E2%80%A8to-dufferin-aggregates-gravel-pit/

Paris pit foes focus on drinking water threat

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor
PARIS – A grassroots group says despite many setbacks, it will continue to press for a review of an aggregate firm’s 38-year-old licence to open a major gravel pit on farmland north of Paris.
The Concerned Citizens of Brant has been using public pressure for most of a year – with no success – to convince the Ministry of Natural Resources to pry open a licence granted in 1974 to Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. The licence permits Dufferin to open a pit on more than 600 acres of farmland on Watts Pond Road…click link for full article;http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/10/03/paris-pit-foes-focus-on-drinking-water-threat

Citizens group irked by county decision on gravel pit study

Members of the Concerned Citizens of Brant are irked by a decision by County of Brant council concerning a hydrogeological study examining a proposed gravel pit north of Paris.
Members of the group have questioned the choice of Stantec Consulting Ltd. – a firm often hired by the municipality – to conduct research on potential impacts on groundwater resources from the operation, proposed by Dufferin Aggregates on both sides of Watts Pond Road near Paris.
“It is in all of our best interests to get independent advice on something as significant as our water,” said Ron Norris, spokesperson for the Concerned Citizens of Brant. “We want to know what the risks are.”…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/citizens-group-irked-by-county-decision-on-gravel-pit-study/

Prepare for another pit, Paris

As if there wasn’t already a lot of controversy in Brant County about a gravel pit to be opened on farmland north of Paris – now another company, St Marys Cement, is proposing a second one, southwest of the town.
But St Marys officials insisted in a presentation to county council Tuesday that they plan to carry on a pre-consultation process to educate the public about their plans before proceeding with an application to the Ministry of Natural Resources…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/17/prepare-for-another-pit-paris

Eddy fumes at lack of communication

Brant Mayor Ron Eddy is taking county staff to task for waiting two months to inform him and councillors of information that aggregates firm St Marys Cement is applying for a licence to open a major gravel pit.
A visibly angry Eddy surprised members of the planning advisory committee…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/19/eddy-fumes-at-lack-of-communication

Lack of rain puts crops in jeopardy

Farmers in the Whitemans Creek area who need to use a lot of water in their crop production are frequently turning their eyes to the sky for signs of storm clouds on the horizon.
The fields are getting so bone dry that without a “million-dollar rain” in the next few days, they could be looking at dramatically lower yields this year…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/19/lack-of-rain-puts-crops-in-jeopardy

GRCA calls for cutback to water use

A relentlessly hot, bone-dry summer with only dribbles of rain or sudden storms with quick downpours, is leading the Grand River Conservation Authority to call for additional cutbacks in consumption across the watershed.
The GRCA is also warning that unprecedented mandatory restrictions on water use could be imposed in parts of Brant and Oxford counties, if drought conditions continue…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/19/grca-calls-for-cutback-to-water-use

Dufferin guarantees Paris pit won’t affect municipal water

PARIS – Dufferin Aggregates officials hoped to use a second public information meeting on Wednesday to soothe fears about its plans to start a controversial gravel pit north of Paris. The company brought in a bevy of water…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/04/dufferin-guarantees-paris-pit-wont-affect-municipal-water

Don’t swim at Pinehurst Lake

The Brant County Health Unit has declared Pinehurst Lake unsafe for swimming, following a preliminary investigation of a bacterial outbreak in the beach area…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/07/19/dont-swim-at-pinehurst-lake

MNR response on Paris gravel pit fails to alleviate concerns

Jason Teakle, BRANT NEWS
A reply from the Ministry of Natural Resources about a proposed gravel pit on Watts Pond Road has not satisfied Paris residents worried about the operation. The Concerned Citizens of Brant County are continuing a push to have a 38-year-old provincial licence granted to Dufferin Aggregates to extract material at the site re-opened or revoked. Group member Ron Norris said residents are asking County of Brant council to take more action…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/mnr-response-on-paris-gravel-pit-fails-to-alleviate-concerns/

County wants consultant to review pit effects

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor Monday, May 7, 2012 9:36:58 EDT PM
PARIS – Brant County council wants to hire a hydrogeological consultant to review the potential effects of a new gravel pit that Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. wants to open on Watts Pond Road…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/05/07/county-wants-consultant-to-review-pit-effects

Pit foes step up their fight

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor. Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:47:31 EDT PM
PARIS – A grassroots group wants the county to help it slow down an aggregate company that wants to open a gravel pit on Watts Road.
The group, Concerned Citizens of Brant, also presented a nearly-1,000-signature petition before Brant County council Tuesday…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/05/02/pit-foes-step-up-their-fight

Pit owners to meet with MNR over plans

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor. Sunday, April 29, 2012 4:50:28 EDT PM
Brant MPP Dave Levac has organized a meeting between Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. representaties and Ministry of Natural Resources officials to clear the air over the company’s intention to open a controversial gravel pit north of Paris….click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/29/pit-owners-to-meet-with-mnr-over-plans

Dufferin explains its side of pit story

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 11:04:55 EDT PM
PARIS – Dufferin Aggregates went all-out in its inaugural meeting with a community advisory panel, taking pains to demonstrate its commitment to opening and maintaining a dialogue with residents — even as it carries out its contentious plan to open a gravel pit on Watts Pond Road….click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/24/dufferin-explains-its-side-of-pit-story

 

Levac picks up cause against pit licence

By Michael-Allan Marion, Brantford Expositor Friday, April 20, 2012 1:16:19 EDT PMBrant MPP Dave Levac is adding his voice to a growing clamour to get the Ministry of Natural Resources to reopen and review a 38-year-old licence held by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. to open a gravel pit in a farming area north of Paris…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/20/levac-picks-up-cause-against-pit-licence
 

NEWS: Brant County fights proposed gravel pit

Posts by Brent Patterson, Friday, April 13th, 2012
The Brantford (Ontario) Expositor has begun reporting this month on a plan by Dufferin Aggregates to start a 614-acre gravel pit operation on farmland north of nearby Paris this spring. Remarkably, the license for this gravel pit was granted 38 years ago. Not surprisingly, water related issues are being highlighted…click link for full article; http://canadians.org/blog/?p=14629

PARIS – More and more residents are raising concerns about an impending plan by Dufferin Aggregates to open a sand and gravel pit on Watts Pond Road on the strength of a licence it received 38 years ago. Close to 40 people, who have formed a group called Concerned Citizens of Brant County, practically filled the county council chamber on Tuesday to request that Brant ask the Ministry of Natural Resources to review the licence, and ensure that Dufferin is in compliance with all the conditions under the current permit before allowing any activity on the site…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/03/21/proposed-gravel-pit-draws-concerns

A grassroots group of citizens wants to hear your thoughts on the proposed expansion of a gravel pit in the north end of Paris. Concerned Citizens of Brant (CCOB) are hosting the meeting…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/2012/04/01/concerned-citizens-group-meeting-over-dufferin-gravel-pit

PARIS – The debate over a move by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. to open a gravel pit on a parcel of farmland north of Paris using a 38-year-old licence has moved up a notch in a public rally mounted by newly formed Concerned Citizens of Brant…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/09/pit-foes-mount-loud-rally

Residents living near a site on Watts Pond Road slated for gravel extraction have come together to lobby the County of Brant. More than 20 people belonging to the Concerned Citizens of Brant County, represented by resident Paul Cheney, made a presentation to councillors during a recent meeting…click link for full article; http://www.brantnews.com/news/residents-voice-concern-over-dufferin-aggregates-pit/

PARIS – A new grassroots group wants the Ministry of Natural Resources to reconsider a 38-year-old licence it gave to an aggregates firm to open a new pit in a farming area just north of Paris. And they have the support…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/02/citizens-rally-to-fight-proposed-paris-pit

PARIS – A section of Watts Pond Road would need to be revamped to handle a high volume of huge trucks that would service a controversial proposed gravel pit. But there’s no agreement yet between Brant County and Dufferin…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/04/10/pit-prep-work-delayed-by-report

About 75 people at a public meeting had a lot of questions Thursday for company representatives presenting the details of a plan by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. to open a 600-acre sand and gravel pit in a farming area north of the town…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3485943

Residents of Watts Pond Road have been notified a long-time neighbour will be working on its property next spring. Dufferin Aggregates recently sent the residents at the east end of the road north of Paris, Ontario a letter about its upcoming activities…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3384713

An aggregates company insists it will be as transparent to the public as possible as it pursues its decades-old plan to open a sand and gravel pit in a farming area north of Paris…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=3471616

Some Brant County councillors believe an aggregates company that is about to open a sand and gravel pit on Watts Pond Road should be called upon to provide a greater explanation about the its effect on the area’s ground water and area roads…click link for full article; http://www.parisstaronline.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=3403380

PARIS -Residents of Watts Pond Road have been notified that a longtime neighbour will be working on its property next spring. Dufferin Aggregates has sent…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3392275

PARIS – About 75 people at a public meeting had a lot of questions Thursday for company representatives presenting the details of a plan by Dufferin Aggregates Ltd. to open a 600-acre sand and gravel pit in…click link for full article; http://www.brantfordexpositor.ca/2012/02/27/paris-gravel-pit-creates-public-concern