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Environmental assessment registered for quarry expansion at Thorburn Lake

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THORBURN LAKE, N.L. — Thorburn Lake Quarry is looking to be expanded by a company, after an environmental assessment was filed with the province this week, on April 12.

In a press release issued by the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, the undertaking was registered for Shoal Harbour Sand Products Ltd.

The proposal is for a 5.3 hectare expansion of the existing quarry, located 19-kilomatres west of Clarenville, along the eastern side of the Southwest River.

According to the release, the existing quarry is 9.767 hectares in size and the expansion is proposed for three separate areas that will adjoin the main quarry area.

“The expansion will allow the development of a new three-hectare quarry area which contains sand and gravel resources,” explains the release. “Two additional expansion areas contain quarry materials that have been previously stockpiled.”

The quarry utilizes a five kilometre access road which intersects with the Trans Canada Highway.

The construction and operation of the expansion is scheduled to commence in August 2018.

The deadline for any public comments about the expansion is May 18. The minister’s decision is due May 27.

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