Nova Scotia

Residents blast Sporting Mountain development

Opponents of a proposed development in Richmond County say their water is threatened, but a construction company refutes that claim.

Opponents of a proposed development in Richmond County say their water is threatened, but a construction company refutes that claim.

Some people near St. Peter's say the proposal is for a demolition disposal business on Sporting Mountain, which is a source of drinking water for the area.

Bob Slade, a longtime resident, fears the development could affect water quality and ultimately drive homeowners away. He believes it violates local bylaws.

"If you were to drive around Sporting Mountain and you were to see the homes that have been built since the bylaws have gone in. I mean, we're talking many, many mega homes," Slade said.

"That in my mind creates lots of employment and you will be driving that type of development away."

But the company behind the proposal says residents don't need to worry.

Jason Chapman, a manager with Chapman Brothers Construction, said they're planning a simple rock quarry far from any homes, and it would only operate when the company has road construction projects going in the area.

He said there is no danger of run-off or pollution.

"There's really going to be no issue there. We're just going to come in, blast rock and move out," Chapman said.

Slade and other residents plan to plead their case with Richmond County councillors on Wednesday.

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