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Quarry neighbours join city’s fight with DoLime

A group of county residents who live just west of Guelph city limits have sent a petition to the province supporting the city’s fight against increased water pumping by the owners of the Dolime quarry site.
The petition, signed by 51 people, has been sent to provincial Environment Minister Jim Bradley, Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti and several other politicians and officials.
Residents belonging to the Beech Street, Shadow Drive & Highway 124 Neighbourhood Group are backing the city’s fight against a proposal by Dolime owner River Valley Developments to accelerate blasting operations at the quarry, says Mary Rubio, a spokesperson for the neighbourhood group.
“The blasting is a huge annoyance. It was really bad the past couple of years, and I’ve had to replace windows,” Rubio said in an interview Tuesday.
“But our main concern is the water,” said Rubio, a retired University of Guelph English professor who has lived in her home since it was new in 1967.
The letter sent by her neighbourhood group says its members, living in Guelph-Eramosa Township, are all dependent on private wells for their water.
“Naturally, we are extremely concerned for the continuing safety and purity of our water supply,” it says. “As such, we agree with and fully support the efforts of the city to prevent Dolime/River Valley Developments from blasting deeper through the aquitard, thus disturbing and potentially contaminating the entire underground aquifer.”
The quarry, located at Wellington Road and the Hanlon Expressway, is just outside city limits in the township.
The latest chapter in the city’s long fight against River Valley’s plan to accelerate its gravel extraction revolves around the company’s newly amended permit to take water at the quarry, as posted on the Environmental Registry by the Ministry of Environment on Jan. 28. A few days later, city council decided to seek leave from the Environmental Review Tribunal of Ontario to appeal this amended permit.
The city says it is concerned that increased pumping above historical levels at the quarry will impact the quantity of water available at some of the city’s municipal wells.

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