Haggart wins support for water protection against aggregate mining

News Nov 18, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

A former County of Brant mayoral candidate has won the support of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee for a motion expressing concern over land uses that penetrate and make vulnerable sources of municipal water.

Roy Haggart, a Paris man who represents the committee in Brantford, Brant County and Hamilton, presented the motion to the committee on Nov. 6.

The committee passed the motion unanimously. The committee chair was asked to forward the motion and a letter of explanation to Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.

The motion says specifically, "That the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee continue to express their concerns with regard to  land uses and activities that penetrate into the municipal aquifer and or increase the vulnerability of wellhead protection areas or intake protection zones.”

Haggart's motion was inspired by Concerned Citizens of of Brant's (CCOB) vocal opposition of breaking through the water table in various aggregate mines within the County of Brant. CCOB was formed a few years ago when Dufferin Aggregates announced they would move ahead on nearly 40-year-old mining rights for a more than 600-acre collection of land off of Watts Pond Road in the north end of Paris.

The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee discussed the challenges of changing land uses and the lack of opportunity in the source water protection mandate to address policy changes within any local source water protection policy.

Haggart requested that the motion be sent to the next meeting of the 12 chairs of other source protection committees throughout Ontario, seeking their support and endorsement of the resolution and that they forward it to Murray as well.  The committee agreed to Haggart's request.

Haggart is asking County of Brant council to considering endorsing the motion and sending it to Murray and the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO).

"It is my position that the only way we are going to get the minister to reconsider the MOE position with respect to the aggregate industries breaking through the water table to extract gravel, is to have all of Ontario join in and be part of the vocal community on this issue," Haggart wrote to County of Brant council.

Haggart wins support for water protection against aggregate mining

News Nov 18, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

A former County of Brant mayoral candidate has won the support of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee for a motion expressing concern over land uses that penetrate and make vulnerable sources of municipal water.

Roy Haggart, a Paris man who represents the committee in Brantford, Brant County and Hamilton, presented the motion to the committee on Nov. 6.

The committee passed the motion unanimously. The committee chair was asked to forward the motion and a letter of explanation to Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.

The motion says specifically, "That the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee continue to express their concerns with regard to  land uses and activities that penetrate into the municipal aquifer and or increase the vulnerability of wellhead protection areas or intake protection zones.”

Haggart's motion was inspired by Concerned Citizens of of Brant's (CCOB) vocal opposition of breaking through the water table in various aggregate mines within the County of Brant. CCOB was formed a few years ago when Dufferin Aggregates announced they would move ahead on nearly 40-year-old mining rights for a more than 600-acre collection of land off of Watts Pond Road in the north end of Paris.

The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee discussed the challenges of changing land uses and the lack of opportunity in the source water protection mandate to address policy changes within any local source water protection policy.

Haggart requested that the motion be sent to the next meeting of the 12 chairs of other source protection committees throughout Ontario, seeking their support and endorsement of the resolution and that they forward it to Murray as well.  The committee agreed to Haggart's request.

Haggart is asking County of Brant council to considering endorsing the motion and sending it to Murray and the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO).

"It is my position that the only way we are going to get the minister to reconsider the MOE position with respect to the aggregate industries breaking through the water table to extract gravel, is to have all of Ontario join in and be part of the vocal community on this issue," Haggart wrote to County of Brant council.

Haggart wins support for water protection against aggregate mining

News Nov 18, 2014 by Mike Peeling Brant News

A former County of Brant mayoral candidate has won the support of the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee for a motion expressing concern over land uses that penetrate and make vulnerable sources of municipal water.

Roy Haggart, a Paris man who represents the committee in Brantford, Brant County and Hamilton, presented the motion to the committee on Nov. 6.

The committee passed the motion unanimously. The committee chair was asked to forward the motion and a letter of explanation to Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray.

The motion says specifically, "That the Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee continue to express their concerns with regard to  land uses and activities that penetrate into the municipal aquifer and or increase the vulnerability of wellhead protection areas or intake protection zones.”

Haggart's motion was inspired by Concerned Citizens of of Brant's (CCOB) vocal opposition of breaking through the water table in various aggregate mines within the County of Brant. CCOB was formed a few years ago when Dufferin Aggregates announced they would move ahead on nearly 40-year-old mining rights for a more than 600-acre collection of land off of Watts Pond Road in the north end of Paris.

The Lake Erie Region Source Protection Committee discussed the challenges of changing land uses and the lack of opportunity in the source water protection mandate to address policy changes within any local source water protection policy.

Haggart requested that the motion be sent to the next meeting of the 12 chairs of other source protection committees throughout Ontario, seeking their support and endorsement of the resolution and that they forward it to Murray as well.  The committee agreed to Haggart's request.

Haggart is asking County of Brant council to considering endorsing the motion and sending it to Murray and the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO).

"It is my position that the only way we are going to get the minister to reconsider the MOE position with respect to the aggregate industries breaking through the water table to extract gravel, is to have all of Ontario join in and be part of the vocal community on this issue," Haggart wrote to County of Brant council.