Thursday, January 1, 2009

Environment Jamer Materials Ltd. and town both plan meetings next month to state their case

MARY-ELLEN SAUNDERS, TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL

BAYSIDE - Community leaders in Bayside and St. Andrews say they will stop at nothing to prevent Jamer Materials Ltd. from extending its quarry operation to the east side of Highway 127.
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An aerial view of the Jamer Materials Ltd. quarry operation in Bayside in October. The company has applied to the province for permission to expand its operation beyond the road behind the quarry to the land on the other side of the road.

"I didn't sleep last night because I was thinking about this and the future of Bayside with a great big hole in it," Gary James, chairman of the Bayside Local Service District Committee, said.

"If the provincial government allows this to go across the road, all they care about is money, they don't care about environment, the Town of St. Andrews' watershed or what the people think."

St. Andrews Mayor John Craig said if the quarry was to cross to the east of Highway 127 it would be in the area of the Chamcook Lake watershed, which supplies the town with its drinking water.

"We knew they wanted to expand and we are going to do everything we can to make sure they don't," Craig said.

"They are going to have a fight on their hands because we aren't going to roll over and let a company from New Jersey come and destroy our landscape, our water supply and our town because they want to take granite. They have destroyed enough and it's time for them to pack it up and leave."

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