TORONTO Dec 04, 2014
Today an Ecojustice lawyer won a community group more time to appeal a proposed quarry that could harm at-risk species and local groundwater supplies.
Citizens Against the Melville Pit (CAMP) have appealed an application from Olympia Sand & Gravel Ltd. to build a quarry near Orangeville, Ont. But Olympia filed a motion seeking to dismiss parts of CAMP’s appeal. That motion would have forced the group to present its arguments in a very short time frame, putting it at a serious disadvantage to the quarry builder, and other parties.
But after Ecojustice lawyer Laura Bowman submitted legal documents in support of CAMP at today’s Ontario Municipal Board hearing, Olympia withdrew its motion.
“This was a victory for procedural fairness in Ontario Municipal Board proceedings,” Bowman said. “The issues in this case are complex and require time for people to develop and prepare their case just as the company and governments needed time.”
CAMP’s experts have said the quarry could harm local groundwater supplies and adversely impact the habitat for Jefferson salamander.
A full hearing of CAMP’s appeal will be heard in July 2015.