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Gerard Murphy fears site may become environmental eyesore
Some destruction on Hearth Hill in Bay de Verde has caused concern for residents and members of council alike.
Hearth Hill, a quarry in Bay de Verde that’s visible along the main road upon entering the small community, has seen some rock removal and blasting in recent days. The destruction has begun to ring some alarms for members of the council, including Mayor Gerard Murphy.
Murphy told The Compass he understood the work was being done to collect materials for contract work; however, he said he is more concerned about the aftermath, rather than the destruction itself.
“I understand that contractors need materials and things like that. That’s not an issue at all,” Murphy said. “However, I am concerned about the state of the site once they have what they need.
“Anyone coming to Bay de Verde from the main road can see this, and it would be a shame for the site to be left in a mess,” he said. “What would visitors think if that was one of the first things they saw when they come to the town?”
Murphy explained the town had no issues with the actual destruction, and that meetings and discussions had been held previously on the subject. However, he noted that as mayor, he could not ignore something he felt could potentially impact the community’s future.
“I’m not looking to impede contactors and their work, that’s not it at all,” Murphy added. “I just don’t wish to see this become an environmental eyesore. I’d like to see it properly dealt with when they have what they need, if that’s possible. Although I’m afraid that likely won’t be the case.”
Murphy said there is a set of safety regulations to be met once such projects are completed, though he wasn’t convinced these regulations would be enough to ensure the site’s total safety.
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“I understand they have a job to do … but I am certainly concerned about the future of the site, both for the community and for the environment.”
Murphy also thinks there was a disconnect between council and contractors involved regarding the boundaries set out for the quarry and the destruction site.
He explained that, somewhere along the lines, a decision was made to expand the boundaries of the quarry, ultimately giving contractors more space to work. However, Murphy fears the boundaries are further than he originally understood, and the disconnect 1-800-505-5525 or visit declutter. diabetes.ca for more information. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, while diverting items from landfill.
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Now, Murphy hopes to see the boundaries brought back to their original measurements.
“If we as council missed something, then that’s that, but we would like to have more of a grasp on what’s going on over there,” added Murphy. “We don’t want to see the boundaries made smaller, just to have them brought back to what they were. Simple things like this can get very complicated pretty fast.”
Destruction is still ongoing on Hearth Hill as of Friday, Aug. 25, and no end date was specified. Murphy added he had no intentions of trying to put a stop to the project, and that he and council simply hoped to have their concerns addressed. program. Registration open across Newfoundland and Labrador but spots are limited. For more information email laubach@ nf.aibn.com or call 709-634-5081.
Hearth Hill, a quarry in Bay de Verde, has become the site of some destruction recently.