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Battle over massive quarry continues in court tomorrow; Future of the Niagara Escarpment Plan in peril
Toronto, ON – Tomorrow, lawyers will argue that the court should overturn a decision to allow a massive, new quarry on the highest point of the Niagara Escarpment, near Collingwood. The court case could also decide whether theNiagara Escarpment Plan should survive, or be set aside and replaced by the less effective OntarioPlanning Act.
Two members of the Joint Board sided with Walker Aggregates, a decision which would allow 42 million tonnes of aggregates to be carved from a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
“The majority decision in this matter sets a perilous course for increased development in the NEP Area that is not compatible with the natural environment of the Niagara Escarpment and land in its vicinity,” said Rob Wright, dissenting member of the Joint Board and member of the Environmental Review Tribunal.
Concerned residents and environmentalists agree with Wright, which is setting the stage for a dramatic courtroom battle. Arguments are scheduled to last one day.
April 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Osgoode Hall Law Court, Courtroom 3
130 Queen Street West, Toronto
David Donnelly, Environmental Defence legal counsel, will be available for interviews.
Ruth Grier of Clearview Community Coalition will also be available for interviews.
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. (www.environmentaldefence.ca)
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Naomi Carniol, Environmental Defence, firstname.lastname@example.org 416-323-9521 ext. 258; 416-570-2878 (cell)