Proposed Lippa Pit & Quarry
What is the Proposed Lippa Pit & Quarry?
An application was filed in 2017 to build a pit and quarry on private lands owned by the Lippas on Butler Mill Road. If approved, this permit would allow the extraction of 200,000 tonnes of gravel every year. Blasting and extraction would occur below the water table. Haul routes for transporting the extracted material would be along Aspdin Road, either 15 kilometers west to Rosseau or 22 kilometers east to Huntsville.
Approval for the quarry requires amendments to the Township of Muskoka Lakes Official Plan and Zoning By-Laws as well as a license from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) under the Aggregate Resources Act.
Why is it a threat to Skeleton Lake?
These are the risks:
Via Lambert's Creek, Lippa will “de-water” crushing operations into our lake leading to contamination and increased nutrients.
The hundreds of large gravel trucks travelling along Aspdin Road, adjacent to our lake, will destroy our peaceful enjoyment of it.
Increased truck traffic on this scenic, pedestrian and school-bus route would create safety issues for both cottagers and area residents.
Crushing generates silica dust and other toxic substances that prevailing winds can bring over our community ... as well as wildlife habitat.
Ground Water Contamination
The hydrogeological/hydrological impacts of blasting below the water table could affect the unique structure of our lake
Real Estate Values
These risks will have a negative impact on real estate values, your investment.
The Timeline ...
November 2019 – The Case Management Conference (CMC) used by LPAT to determine the issues, parties and participants was inconclusive.
March 2020 – The second CMC was postponed indefinitely due to Covid 19.