Issue: July 2024
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Next deadline: August 26

YOUR ATTENTION AND SUPPORT ARE REQUESTED RE: EXPANSION REQUEST FOR UNIACKE QUARRY

YOUR ATTENTION AND SUPPORT ARE REQUESTED RE: EXPANSION REQUEST FOR UNIACKE QUARRY

SEND YOUR SUPPORT INFO TO slade25@hotmail.com TO STOP THIS EXPANSION.

Your attention and support is requested. Please pass this along to neighbours and friends (who are of concern)

Nearly a year and a half after the public consultation, as part of that requirement of the application process, NCC has finally submitted their Application to expand the quarry 10 fold, from a 3.99ha limit to 40ha. They state they plan to operate for another 50 years. If you think things have been bad since 2015 - times that by 10 or more. NCC have timed their application to occur at this time as it is the end of summer, many people are on vacation, just getting back to work, or preparing for back to school. Far less people will be focused on opposing their application.

Our only chance of stopping this expansion is to oppose it en masse. These are the things you can do immediately to support stopping this expansion:

Using the instructions provided in the link below, submit your concerns and opposition to the quarry and quarry expansion to NS Department of Environment. Feel free to be brief and submit concerns over a number of individual submissions. There is no point in submitting a single concern over and over again. It is the concerns, and most importantly the number of people expressing them, that is important. NSDOE only gives the public 4 weeks to oppose the application. Our cut-off is 29-Sep-2023. Anytime you think of something, send it in. Feel free to use any of: noise, dust, the excessive vibrations and air concussions from blasting we’ve felt, the condition of Uniacke Mines Road (UMR), safety of children walking to waiting for the bus on Uniacke Mines Road, dump trucks driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid the potholes and ruts they create, all the angry and vitriolic situations this quarry has caused in the community to date, the reduction in our quality of life since 2015, breach of privacy (see below for more), etc.

Communicate news of this application and how to oppose it to people you know in the community, outside of Partridge Lane. Get them involved and submitting concerns.

Join the Facebook Group: “Stop the Quarry Expansion” and share concerns and ideas to block the expansion and to stay connected to planned community actions.

Review the NCC Application and identify inaccuracies and concerns, then report them to NSDOE.

The Application and Instructions on sending concerns to NSDOE are located:

https://novascotia.ca/nse/ea/m...

Anyone who would like to assist in the various things that need doing, please contact me.

Regards,

S. Marsh

83 Cockscomb Lake Dr

(902)880-6387

*The red box in the pic below is oriented wrong.

It actually should be flipped to the left on its side, as the proposed 40 hectare quarry expansion box actually butts up against the Uniacke Mines Rd as it leads up the hill into the Uniacke Gold Mines District, and borders on Little West Lake, whose tributaries make it downhill to Cockscomb Lake.

To put it in perspective - in the lower right corner on the red box you will notice a white square area. That is today's current 4 hectare quarry, which has a minimum use of 5+ years of aggregate/blasting remaining. Should NCCI get their way, that entire red box hill will become exactly like what Dexter's massive quarry in Bedford is today. Don't think it couldn't happen here, and along with it all, that 'other industrial stuff' that they are not telling us about right now.

EDITOR'S COMMENT / EXPERIENCE: Remember, these quarry trucks are on schedules for delivering their materials and with the excessive speed of these trucks in order to maintain their delivery schedules (which we have experienced in the past) when driving down the Uniacke Mines Road and onto Highway #1 which they use to access Exit 3 (down by the Irving) to access Highway 101 to "wherever", is a real danger as they travel through the Village where there are always plenty of activities going on with many, many people at various times of the year, the month, the day, etc. past the Uniacke District School and past the many private homes; sidestreet entrances/exits; business park access roads, etc. etc. to arrive at Exit 3 to the Highway 101.

REMEMBER: SEND YOUR SUPPORT INFO TO slade25@hotmail.com TO STOP THIS EXPANSION.