Environmental assessment process to expand extraction operations in Glenholme resumes

The environmental assessment process to expand aggregate extraction operations in the Glenholme area has resumed.

On July 4th, the assessment was suspended after Environment Minister Iain Rankin said it came to his attention during the review that OSCO Aggregates Limited (OSCO) was not in compliance with the Environment Act and Regulations. 

At the time, he also said the company must comply with the directive issued by Nova Scotia Environment on June 30th, and he strongly recommended OSCO complete breeding bird surveys and early season botanical surveys for 2017. 

Rankin said once satisfied OSCO is in compliance with the Environment Act and Regulations, a decision would be made regarding the assessment. 

In a recently released decision, the minister says the process resumed on August 10th, but he will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval on or before August 29th. 

If approved, the project would see the expansion of Pit No. 4 on the Little Dyke Road grow from the current four hectares to 30.5 hectares.