Orangeville Today Published 09 June 2015: WATER, SALAMANDERS MAIN CONCERNS WITH MELVILLE PIT: CAMP

Citizens Against the Melville Pit (CAMP) is getting ready to present its case to the Ontario Municipal Board to put a stop to the proposed large-scale aggregate mining near Orangeville. CAMP is a group of hundreds of supporters from Melville, Alton and Orangeville, pushing back against the application by Olympia Sand and Gravel. Chair Mary Haslett says the group has put a lot of work into understanding the issues, focusing on two main ones. 
Those concerns are the health and safety risks for local water wells, and protecting the habitat of the endangered Jefferson Salamander species. Haslett says there is another 14-hundred acres owned in the area by investment companies tied to aggregate development, so this could be the first of many pits if approved. The hearing with the OMB is scheduled for July. Learn more about CAMP at StopTheMelvillePit.com.

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