Backed by a $25-billion American hedge fund, Highland Companies has proposed to dig Canada's largest-ever quarry in Melancthon Township, 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. The controversial project would require blasting a hole deeper than Niagara Falls from beneath a landscape of great agricultural and ecological importance. It would destroy more than 2,000 acres of the best farmland in Ontario and require 600-million litres of water to be pumped out of the giant pit each day, in perpetuity. The David Suzuki Foundation is working with local groups, farmers, chefs and advocates to build a community of support for stopping the Mega-Quarry and protecting the Melancthon region's prized farmland and precious headwaters.
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