St. Mary’s proposed quarry – Where I stand
I have been strongly and actively opposed to the proposed St. Mary’s Quarry on the 11th Concession since the very beginning when it was owned by Lowndes Holdings.
For five years, I have actively participated in fundraising events, community rallies, letter campaigns and our family has donated money annually to support FORCE. I have attended every public meeting, city hall meeting and FORCE AGM since day one. The Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment (FORCE) have done a remarkable job, building a unified front and voicing our objection to the quarry.
It has been a lengthy, exhausting endeavour for the community and especially the volunteers. I am committed to work shoulder to shoulder to rally our community as we move through the OMB process starting in December 2010. The OMB may still be the biggest challenge we face and most certainly the most costly. St. Mary’s is counting on a long drawn out hearing – time is on their side, we must not let them win.
For me, this is personal !
For my family and me this is much more than a political issue – it’s personal. We’ve been residents of Carlisle for more than 25 years, 16 of which we lived on the 11th Concession where the proposed quarry wants to locate.. Flamborough has been my home for more than 40 years, so without question the quarry is indeed a big issue in the Partridge household.
We love our community and know that a quarry operation will change our quality of life here forever. Hundreds of trucks creating road safety issues for slow moving farm vehicles and school buses full of children attending two local schools. Depleted water supply will affect our Carlisle and surrounding community, as well as for farmers growing crops that feed our city and potential risk for livestock. Water quality, source water and huge impact on the fragile environment will all be at risk by installing an untested/unproven quarry water mitigation system that St. Mary’s can not demonstrate is operating safely anyway – it is completely unreasonable for St. Mary’s to continue this application.