Letter to Michael Chong

July 16th, 2011

From: keithbellairs@gmail.com [mailto:keithbellairs@gmail.com] On Behalf Of Keith Bellairs
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 11:57 AM
To: Chong, Michael – M.P.
Cc: coc guelph; Norah Chaloner; editor@wellingtonadvertiser.comeditor@guelphmercury.com
Subject: Melancthon Mega Quarry

Thank you, Mr. Chong, for opposing the Melancthon Mega Quarry. This proposed megaquarry would be the largest ever in Canada and clearly harmful to the environment.

The Council of Canadians chapter in the Guelph region includes Wellington and Waterloo Counties in our membership and many of our members live in Wellington-Halton Hills, and we also oppose the megaquarry. We appreciate your comments about this threatening operation.

We share with you concerns about the megaquarry including the impacts of pumping and seepage on groundwater and aquifers, the loss of farmland, and the impact on our communities of thousands of trucks a day carrying tons of aggregate. Chemical contaminants from explosives, fuel, salt, etc. might reach the water source and make wells unusable. Damage to the groundwater sources for Guelph’s water might require spending billions of dollars to bring water from Lake Erie. We question the need for new aggregate extraction given the small amount of aggregate that is even re-used in southern Ontario.

In the past the Council of Canadians has called on the Federal government to adopt a National Water Policy and we recall that the Conservative government said it would create a national water strategy in its 2007 throne speech. The megaquarry proposal shows that we need such a national strategy now more than ever.

Thank you again for standing up for your concerns for the environment.

Norah Chaloner
Keith Bellairs
Co-Chairs, Council of Canadians, Guelph Chapter


Response


From: <michael.chong.a3@parl.gc.ca>
Date: Thu, Jul 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Subject: RE: Melancthon Mega Quarry
To: keithbellairs@gmail.com

Dear Norah and Keith,

On behalf of Michael Chong, I would like to thank you for your email regarding the Highland Companies’ proposed mega-quarry in the Township of Melancthon.  Michael has taken your comments into consideration and he sincerely appreciates your support on this matter.

The protection of the environment is an issue of extreme importance to Michael, and he will continue to work hard in Ottawa to defend the preservation of this prime agricultural land and beautiful part of Southwestern Ontario.

The following is a link to the news release regarding Michael’s statement of opposition in the House of Commons: http://www.michaelchong.ca/articles.asp?ID=152

Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any further questions or comments.  Once again, thank you for your message.

Sincerely,

Mary Simovic
Legislative Assistant to
Hon. Michael Chong, P.C., M.P.
Wellington-Halton Hills
michael.chong.a3@parl.gc.ca<mailto:michael.chong.a3@parl.gc.ca>
Ottawa (613) 992 4179
www.michaelchong.ca<http://www.michaelchong.ca/>

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