Mega quarry application rejected by government
The proposed mine in Melanchton is nowhere near to becoming a reality. Ministry of the Environment officials stated it is their position that the documents submitted by the quarry proponents failed to demonstrate a three dimensional understanding of the geology, hydrogeology and hydrology of the site.
Among the reasons for the position they took, MOE staff cited:
- numerous discrepancies between the text and the observations and data;
- the absence of a three dimensional conceptual model of the site, including the overburden stratigraphy, bedrock stratigraphy and connection of surface water features with the bedrock;
- geologic and hydrogeologic data not presented in three dimensions;
- statements and conclusions were made in the text that were not supported by either data or citations; and
- the recharge system proposal was supported neither by proof of concept data nor by comparisons with existing recharge systems at other quarries.