Extraction below the water table approved for Durham Stone near Feversham

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On Monday, May 17, notice was posted that extraction below the water table and changes to the rehabilitation in the site plan for Durham Stone and Paving Inc. Feversham had been approved.

Details posed on the Environmental Registry of Ontario website said that the consultation was open from Nov. 12 to Dec. 27, 2019.

The location is about three kilometers east of the town of Feversham on Con. Rd. 10 (Part Lots 22 & 23, Concession 10 in the former Osprey).

Local gravel extraction operations are sources of employment through the region, including Southgate, which also has pits, especially in the former Egremont area.

But issues with nearby pit neighbours affected by truck traffic and noise are common, as well as concerns about the environmental impact. Hydrogeologic assessments to look at impact on water are required as part of the process.

The site plan was amended to change to the final depth of extraction from above the water table to below the water table. The depth of extraction onsite will change seven metres, from 491 metres above sea level to 484 m.a.s.l.

It’s also proposed that the final rehabilitation change from agriculture and trees, to include a pond of about 100 acres (40 hectares).

A comment posted to the government site objected to that plan, saying that “going below the water table would contribute to the fragmentation of farmland, a key economic driver in the area.”

“Going below the water table would ruin the opportunity for productive agricultural land and trees as originally promised.”

That comment was posted through the registry, and five more were received by email. One had no objection, and the others raised concern with water quality, haul routes and topsoil removal.

The Environmental Registry said the applicant “provided additional information and changes to the site plan to address the concerns raised.”

M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald