The draft agreement incorporates conditions imposed by the OMB
ruling released in January. Nelson Aggregate's subject site is 72.80 ha
(180 acres) at Part Lots 6 and 7, Concession 4. At its peak, the
operation is to extract annually upto one million tonnes of aggregate
over 51.49 hectares (127.24 acres), below the groundwater table.
In the interim, the group has focused on the agreement, which
in a message to its membership list, suggested it "was obviously
written by Nelson Aggregates."
CCAT sets out five key concerns including: 1. Initial costs
for Sideroad 5 could amount to $500k; Required bond of $20 million to
protect against loss of wells,
aquifer, groundwater, flooding, waterways, dust, third party liability,
accidental deaths; Loss/actions regarding the Municipal Drain; Hydro
One has not signed off on the pit; and The Township engineers
(Burnside) did not review and report on the final site plans.
"At this point, the most important concerns for our community
is the Agreement with Nelson Aggregates (Lafarge)," according to the
email. "There are virtually no protections for Adjala Tosorontio from
the standpoint of financial or environmental costs to taxpayers."
In a separate report it shows the Township's cost to defend
its decision at the OMB was $13,343 between Dec. 2016 to Dec. 2017. The
Township's lawyer is Jay Feehely.