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Councillor Pleased C & D Application Withdrawn
(Tuesday, January 7, 2003) -- Westphal-Waverley Road Councillor Brian Warshick says he's pleased to learn Metro Construction Ltd. has decided to withdraw its application for a Construction and Disposal processing site at the Whebby Quarry on Highway 118.
The company was one of three who had originally filed an application last year for a processing site. Two sites, one in Harrietsfield and the other in Antrim, have been approved by Council pending an environmental review.
Two very well attended public meetings were held last spring in Districts 6 and 9 and an overwhelming number of citizens were opposed to the site.
In November of 2002 the Solid Waste Resource Advisory Committee had, with Council's approval, sent a letter to the company extending their application deadline to January 9 to allow for additional environmental information. Over the holiday season the company informed staff they would not be going ahead with their application.
Though physically located in Burnside in District 9, the site was just over 300 metres from the historic Shubenacadie Canal system including Lake MicMac and Lake Charles. Lake Charles is unique in that part of it flows into the Bay of Fundy and part flows into Lakes MicMac, Banook and Halifax Harbour. The fact that the quarry would still be an active one left Council, staff and residents concerned about what blasting would do to the environmental liner.
"With the proximity to Lake Charles, an environmental accident would have dire consequences right up and down the Canal system" said Councillor Warshick.
"I know residents of both Districts 6 and 9 will be relieved by this decision. The Whebby family have lived and operated businesses in the area for years and are responsible corporate citizens. While I understand business is business I am pleased they have chosen to respect the concerns of their neighbours by withdrawing their application" said Councillor Warshick.
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Councillor Brian Warshick