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St Marys Cement (CBM)

  1. St Marys Cement (CBM) Documentation - June 2006 to August 2008
  2. St Marys Cement (CBM) Aggregate Resource Act (ARA) Application - January 2009 to date
  3. Groundwater Recirculation Information (GRS) - November 2006 to June 2008
  4. Original Documents from Lowndes Holdings Corp - May 2004 to June 2006

Roll up your sleeves;

it's time to vaccinate against the St Marys Cement Virus

Viruses are tiny things that change form readily and, when given a chance to establish, can create havoc. St Marys Cement's communications and public relations activities are much like that. They look harmless, after all the words inside their pamphlets offer sweeping promises and comforting assurances. Unfortunately it could all be a public relations tactic, one that is meant to disarm us, break down our defenses and make our Community susceptible to infection with the St Marys Cement Virus. But we're not going to let that happen. Why? Because knowledge is a powerful weapon and we can use it to "vaccinate" every resident in our Community against the St Marys Cement Virus.

The biggest risk we now face with St Marys Cement backing the proposed Flamborough Quarry, just north of Carlisle, is their ability to win over our Community. It's not the facts that they can play with, because the facts have always been in our favour. It's our minds and our hearts. They can try to scare us with their corporate size; they can try to overwhelm us with corporate rhetoric; and they can even try to buy our affection.

But the facts are with us.

St Marys Cement is proposing to develop the 8th largest quarry in Canada in the middle of our established rural residential and agricultural community. We were right to be outraged when this proposal to operate an open pit industrial mine was first announced, and it is our responsibility to remain outraged. It does not matter how smooth the proponent is, nor does it matter how the company name evokes images of an old Ontario town. Their goal is to make a profit by blasting a natural heritage site into a moonscape and ship out the stone. It's all about money. There is nothing neighbourly about that!

There are a range of tactics that St Marys Cement may employ over the next few weeks, months, and years. We need to see them for what they are. They are a means to defeat us in our battle against their unwelcome and unreasonable intrusion into our Community. If we know what to anticipate we can be ready to resist. In other words we can vaccinate ourselves against the St Marys Cement Virus.

Watch for these attempts to disarm us:

Watch for these attempts to charm us:

Watch for these attempts to divide and conquer the Community:

Watch for these attempts to wear us down:

Watch for these attempts to negate and discredit us:

But none of those tactics change the application.

The application for the quarry states the intent to blast and excavate 40 metres below the surface right into our drinking water aquifer, it estimates up to 1140 truck trips per day, that's a truck arriving or leaving almost every 30 seconds. Unless St Marys Cement changes, or removes, the application they cannot soften this message.

The facts remain.

Aggregate extraction is not a benign rural activity, nor is it temporary. It can:

It is however highly profitable for the companies that operate quarries. That's why we expect St Marys Cement to engage in every effort to win us over. And when we resist, it's possible they'll attempt to discredit, divide and conquer us.

So... be on alert for the various messages that will be coming your way, and for a little family fun, consider reading the newspaper and brochures with your children and make it a game to identify which public relations tactic is being used!

Together We Will Succeed!

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Below you will find documents, submissions and other relevant information regarding St. Marys Cement Group (CBM) and the proposed quarry application:

September 16, 2009:
St Marys Cement Newsletter #9 (124 KB)

August 28, 2008:
ERT Decision (52 KB)

August 1, 2008:
FORCE Reply Submission (377 KB)

July 30, 2008:
MOE Director's Submissions (237 KB)
St Marys Submission (141 KB)

July 25, 2008:
Submission on Jurisdiction to the ERT (487 KB)

July 19, 2008:
FORCE press release (83 KB)

July 18, 2008:
Notice of Application for Leave to Appeal (82 KB)
"Stand Down" Letter to St Marys (39 KB)
ERT correspondence (53 KB)
reply from our lawyers (74 KB)
FORCE press release (111 KB)

July 08, 2008:
Enironmental Registry - PTTW Posting (162 KB)

April 2008:

St Marys Cement Flyer - Issue #8 (76 KB)

January 2008:

St Marys Cement Flyer - Issue #7 (467 KB)

November 2007:

November 29 - St Marys Public Information Centre (PIC #2) Display Boards

St Marys Cement (CBM) recently submitted a "Final Draft" of their Hydrogeology Study to the City of Hamilton. The Combined Aggregate Review Team (CART) are currently reviewing this document. FORCE has also obtained a copy of the final draft and have sent it to our Hydrogeology expert for review. As St Marys has not made a copy of this document available in electronic form we are unable to post it to the website. If and when St Marys provides the document in electronic form FORCE will post it for review.

St Marys Cement Flyer - Issue #6 (86 KB)

September 2007:

September Flyer - Issue #5 (657 KB)
St Marys Cement Letter - Published in the Halton Compass - Page 1
St Marys Cement Letter - Published in the Halton Compass - Page 2

June 2007:

Haul Route Transportation information
June Flyer - Issue #4 (212 KB)
Read the Notification (65 KB)
View the Haul Route Study Area (574 KB)
Haul Route Terms of Reference (318 KB)

December 2006:

GRS Testing Information

November 2006:

St Marys Cement Permit To Take Water (PTTW) Application Documentation for onsite GRS Testing:

PTTW application form:
SMC GRS Onsite Testing MOE PTTW Application Form October 200.pdf (4 MB)

Cover Letter and Work Plan describing the testing:

CBM PTTW Sep28,2006.pdf (72 KB)
GLL PTTW application_workplanfinal draft Sep 5_ 2006.pdf (1.25 MB)

A series of diagrams locating the testing site:

60702Location.pdf (401 KB)
62603782_JSS_01.pdf (1.1 MB)
Figure 1 PTTW_Trench Location.pdf (1.3 MB)

Correspondence regarding the impacts of the testing from Stantec and the City of Hamilton:

memo-holiday_potential-effects_test-installations_092006.pdf (47 KB)
GLL PTTW City Of Hamilton Comments.pdf (22 KB)
060905 Memo to Gunther F.pdf (51 KB)

Two supporting reports regarding the use of trenches to mitigate groundwater impact:

RMA_Trenches.pdf (9.2 MB)
Symonds-2004.pdf (6.7 MB)

Existing February 2006 EIS report with Section 4.5 on Aquatic Resources broken out:

Lowndes EIS_Final Draft_Section_4_only.pdf (1.2 MB)
Lowndes EIS_Final Draft_022406.pdf (2.2 MB)

Existing June 2005 Draft Level 2 Hydrogeology Report:

Volume 1 - Draft - Hydrogeological Level 2 Report - June 200.pdf (9.5 MB)
Volume 2 - Draft - Ground Water Flow Model - June 2005.pdf (16.6 MB)
Volume 3 - Draft - Appendices - June 2005.pdf (29.3 MB)

September 2006:

September Flyer - Issue #3 (127 KB)

August 2006:

Same Package, Different Wrapper (689 KB)
St Marys Hosts an "Open House Lite"
August Flyer - Issue #2 (2.2 MB)

June 2006:

Initial Press Release (45.1 KB)
Flyer Announcing Purchase of Lowndes Holdings Corp. (315 KB)
Notification in the Flamborough Review (808 KB)

Original documents, submissions and information from Lowndes Holdings Corp.:

May 2004 - June 2006

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