In their first swing at the beast of the Greenbank Airways fill site, Scugog’s new council have voted unanimously to extend the agreement until the end of March, and have vowed to come back swinging with an airtight agreement.
Some residents will, and have, immediately demand that the trucks be halted - but that may do more harm than good. With no agreement or permit, the trucks will indeed stop dumping. What also stops is testing protocols, and what little control the township currently has in the operations of the site.
Like it or not, there’s a big pile of dirt sitting south of Greenbank - and no amount of political finger-pointing will magically remove it. The only remaining recourses are to manage where this dirt will come from in the future, and to help calm the worries of those unfortunate residents who were made to live next to it.
In the mean time, as the Ministries of Transportation, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Affairs continue to play hot potato with the big ball of mud, all while sitting idling by as the lowest (and poorest) level of government is left to deal with this matter - the people of Greenbank, and anyone who drinks water in the Township of Scugog, would just like to be kept in the loop.
Private meetings behind locked doors, a lack of any accountability, and the disregard of any public comment only steers the frustrated public towards one common answer - something must smell fishy, or else these testing reports would be handed out like Pez.
Scugog is known for it’s lakes, forests, wildlife and beautiful countryside - the tourism and agricultural industries are the main economic drivers in this growing community. If a precedent isn’t set here and now, Scugog is in-line to become ‘Ontario’s Little Oil Sands’.
Council was elected to tame this beast - the sooner the better.
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