The Highland Companies is withdrawing its application to develop a quarry in Ontario’s Melancthon Township and to restore the rail corridor through Dufferin County. John Lowndes has also resigned as president of the company.

“While we believe that the quarry would have brought significant economic benefit to Melancthon Township and served Ontario’s well-documented need for aggregate, we acknowledge that the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process,” said Highland’s John Scherer.

Opponents of the quarry cited several concerns about its potential environmental impact, including possible damage to headwaters and groundwater.

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