CLEARING OF WETLAND AREAS PRIOR TO APPROVAL.
More information to follow on this topic, for now please see our response to the Minister that “tree harvesting” was the activity that took place in the wetland areas of the proposed site for the Fall River Quarry / Goffs Quarry. Also please have a look at the image below which was captured by Google Earth, an extremely reliable source, on September 5, 2015.
The short-lived permit that was issued was signed September 15th, 2015 (ten days after the image below), and the file shows it wasn’t sent to Scotian Materials until the 17th (twelve days after the image below). Under the Environment Act, site preparation cannot occur until the proponent has the approval in writing. Although the areas cleared by bulldozer by Scotian Materials were mainly outside the area of the proposed footprint (they were in the wet areas as is visible in recent photos and recent Wet Areas Mapping), this was site preparation (Scotian Materials is not a forestry operator, therefore it could not be a forestry operation). We take issue with the fact that site preparation took place prior to approval, that in the 2016 application it states clearing took place in October 2016 (a false statement, also a contravention of the Act), and most importantly that some important wetlands for the health of the watershed were damaged or destroyed by Scotian Materials.
September 5, 2015 (Google Earth image):
May, 2016 (Stop the Fall River Quarry image):
Photographs taken in May of 2016 show heavy equipment that matches the width of the old tracks, with fresh tracks visible, providing evidence that Scotian Materials has continued to drive through the wetland with heavy equipment, even after Rob MacPherson defended himself publicly in the media and stated we made false claims.
Rob MacPherson says we attacked his “Nova Scotia company” and that no wetland excavation occurred. We think he chooses his language very carefully, sort of like a child does when avoiding getting into trouble. “Wetland excavation,” however interpreted, is still not that different from continually driving through a wetland with an excavator or bulldozer. In fact, our research has shown that one of the biggest issues with forestry in wet areas is that using heavy equipment can lead to soil compacting, which can prevent further growth. We’ll leave it to the experts to determine, but from our research it seems more damage can be caused by deep rutting than digging in some cases, so we remain completely unconvinced that this wetland is unharmed. Have a look at the photos, do some research, and feel free to form your own opinion.
Member of the Nova Scotia Road Builder’s Association Robert MacPherson. Scotian Materials Limited. Rob MacPherson. Contact. Address: 100 Venture Run, Suite 103. Dartmouth. #scotianmaterials scotianmaterials.com scotianmaterials.info scotianmaterials.ca Halifax quarry quarries aggregate gravel #noFRquarry Scotian Materials Ltd.