Teedon Pit Extension
Tiny Township Planning & Development Report PD-042-20: Teedon Pit Extension — Aggregate Resources Act Application – read here
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The company that owns the Teedon Pit, CRH Canada Group Inc., appealed Tiny Township’s failure to amend its Official Plan and Zoning By-law to allow for the northward extension of the Teedon Pit into French’s Hill (in Concession 1) to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).
In December 2018, the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations (FoTTSA) joined the legal fight against the extension of the Teedon Gravel Pit by becoming a party to the appeal. This enables FoTTSA to be represented by a lawyer at the hearing, cross examine witnesses, and present evidence. Protection of drinking water is so important in this case that lawyers with the Canadian Environmental Law Association agreed to represent FoTTSA.
Experts who might appear as witnesses are hydrogeologist Wilf Ruland and planner Mark Dorfman. First Nations women and several chiefs are willing to write letters of support and possibly to speak at the hearing.
In a letter dated January 3, 2020, CRH Canada Group Inc. claimed to have resolved all the issues raised by individuals and groups who submitted comments about its intention to extend the Teedon Pit. FoTTSA believes that the main concerns about protecting the water in the Alliston Aquifer have not been resolved. On January 29, 2020 FoTTSA hand-delivered its Objector Response letter as well as an expert opinion from hydrogeologist Wilf Ruland to CRH and to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
FoTTSA objects to CRH Canada Group Inc’s application for a Teedon Pit extension for hydrogeological reasons. We are concerned that removal of the overburden above the underlying aquifer threatens the purest groundwater ever identified, according to Dr. William Shotyk (Professor and Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment at the University of Alberta). The purity of that water has been demonstrated in samples taken by Shotyk over the last 30 years.
According to poster boards presented at CRH’s public meeting about its proposed Teedon Pit extension application, gas is to be stored on site for refuelling vehicles. Repairs may be carried out as well. We are concerned that there will be chemical contaminates on the property.
Our groundwater is under threat from the proposed pit extension, the continued extraction of aggregates from the Teedon Pit in the Simcoe Moraine and also by the development of two licensed pits by The Sarjeant Company, one of which has a permit to extract below the water table. The Waverley Uplands are a recharge area for the Alliston aquifer, which flows from Waverley to Oak Ridges, and is one of the most important natural resources in Simcoe County. Area wells and springs have become silty intermittently since extraction has increased in the last decade and, recently, for a brief period, so has the well water in the water kiosk known as The Flow on Hwy 27, just north of Elmvale.
Much more work must be done into understanding groundwater flows in the area before any more extraction is permitted. Hydrogeologist Dr. John A. Cherry (co-author of Groundwater, the standard text on groundwater) has assembled a team of experts to undertake this work over the next five years. What’s at issue is the world’s purest water. We urge that the MNRF ensure that this unique, precious natural resource be protected by denying CRH Canada Group Inc’s application for a Teedon Pit Extension and by halting the current aggregate mining. Also, we request that the MNRF refer this matter to the LPAT under section 11 of the ARA if the proponent cannot satisfactorily address our hydrogeological objections. The LPAT is already seized with the proponent’s related appeals under the Planning Act.
Help finance the legal fight
The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is providing free legal assistance but FoTTSA is responsible for all CELA expenses (travel, accommodation, photocopies, supplies) and for the cost of expert witnesses. All donations will help us to reach our estimated goal of $100,000. We are a not-for-profit organization but not a registered charity so we cannot issue tax deductible receipts for donations.
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