The City of Burlington confirms that it has spent 2.1 million dollars on legal and consulting fees to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a quarry proposed by Nelson Aggregate.
Mayor Rick Goldring stresses that Burlington Council is proud of how the "hard-fought legal action to protect Mount Nemo has unfolded".
In a unanimous decision released last October, the consolidated hearings board dismissed Nelson's application for permits that would allow a new quarry and aggregate processing on the Mount Nemo plateau.
The city retained nine expert witnesses who provided evidence covering such issues as hydrogeology, wetlands, agriculture, air quality and human health. A key argument came down to protecting the habitat of the Jefferson Salamander.