Protect Guelph's Water from the Dolime Quarry
Residents of the Wellington area have long been concerned about threats to their water from the Dolime Quarry. In 2006, there was a crack in the protective layer covering the aquifer due to the the quarry's blasting. This is just one way the operation can threaten groundwater resources.
In 2013, when the Ministry of the Environment approved a permit to take water from Guelph’s Dolime Quarry, the GPO was there. Mike Schreiner led the fight to protect the community’s water supply from private interests, calling for the province to act responsibly.
I call on the Ontario Ministry of the Environment to support the City of Guelph’s request for:
- a pumping limit at the current historic average rate;
- a comprehensive long-term management plan for the quarry that protects Guelph’s water;
- an effective monitoring program;
- and financial assurances and legally enforceable requirements to ensure the quarry owner — rather than Guelph ratepayers — pays for long-term costs related to the quarry's operation.
Mike Schreiner, leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP candidate in Guelph, is leading an initiative to protect Guelph’s water from the Dolime quarry.
The quarry threatens the quality, quantity, and cost of water for Guelph residents. Schreiner is launching a campaign to support the City of Guelph in their battle with the province to appeal the quarry's recently approved permit to take water.
“Water is a finite resource essential to our health, environment and economy,” says Schreiner. “The province is failing to protect our water. It’s time to take a stand.”
The City of Guelph’s Application … contains compelling evidence for why your Ministry’s decision threatens the quality and quantity of Guelph’s water supply.
I find it deeply disturbing that Guelph’s water is still not properly protected one year after the MOE’s decision. 2569 Ontario residents, who have signed our petition, agree.
Your ministry’s decision poses a threat to the quality and quantity of Guelph’s water supply.
Minister, your government has a solemn duty to protect our drinking water. You have failed to perform this duty by ignoring legitimate concerns raised by the City of Guelph.
Before we continue to blast deeper and build more, the provincial government must change the dangerous and irresponsible status quo that fails to protect our water. The province’s priorities are backward — putting aggregate mining before protecting our water.
Instead of protecting our water, the MOE is protecting the interests of a private company. It is another example of provincial policy ignoring the needs of local residents and government.