The lake at Little Dyke
LITTLE DYKE, N.S. - An environmental assessment regarding a proposal to expand a gravel pit in Little Dyke can once again proceed.
Environment Minister Iain Rankin, who had suspended the assessment process on July 4, released a decision on Thursday reversing his earlier decision.
Rankin said the suspension had been lifted after property owner OSCO Aggregates Ltd., had complied with a previous directive by his department to correct compliance issues related to existing gravel pit operations.
Rankin now is to decide by Aug. 29 whether the project will be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.
OSCO, which is owned by John Irving, is proposing to expand its current operations by 30.5 hectares (75.4 acres) to support continued extraction and production of aggregates of between 50,000 and 250,000 tonnes per year.
The company is also proposing that it be allowed to operate on a 24-hour basis.
The Glenholme/Little Dyke Residents Assoc., however, has vowed to fight the proposal based on environmental and noise concerns related to both the existing operation and the proposed expansion.
(Updated version to correct information related to company ownership.)