Nova Scotia

Mount Uniacke quarry surprises, angers residents

Some residents in Mount Uniacke are angry they’ve been left in the dark about the proposal for a new quarry in the area.

Up to 10 people could be directly employed

Some residents in Mount Uniacke, N.S., are angry they’ve been left in the dark about a proposal for a new quarry in the area.

Cyril MacDonald, a councillor in the area, says the company proposing the four-hectare quarry put up posters, but didn’t hold any public meetings.

“In fact it was over the weekend that someone posted on one of the mailboxes and somebody took a picture and it spread through Facebook like wildfire," he said.

The reaction, he says, is “very negative.”

“In fairness to the citizens here, nobody is aware of what this aggregate quarry is really all about: where it's going to go, how it’s going to be used, who is going to be using in. So the facts are missing from the story at this point,” MacDonald said.

MacDonald said residents have a long list of worries.

“Concerns on traffic, concerns on their wells because there’s going to be blasting, concerns on their foundations, again because of blasting. Some had environmental concerns, which I take the department of environment will investigate. But yes, some very serious concerns.”

Area has homes and cottages

The Mount Uniacke-Lakelands councillor said the proposed site is in an area with residential homes and cottages. The closest home is 1.8 kilometres away.

MacDonald says after speaking with the developer, he learned there are some supporters for the project.

"A lot of our small business here in Mount Uniacke are in the trucking industry,” he said.

The councillor said the initial reaction might have been better if the developer had advertised in the local paper.

“The owner is relatively young. When the department of environment said he had to put it out in a medium that reached out to a minimum of 5,000 people, they recommend the Chronicle Herald. They did not say do not go to the local papers, but he misinterpreted.”

The site is small enough that it doesn't need council's green light, just approval from the department of the environment, which the developer is expecting soon.

MacDonald says between two to 10 people will be employed to work at the quarry.


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