Mario Pitre – Le Journal Saint-François
Translated by Sarah Rennie
Plans to build an asphalt plant on Covey Hill Road in Havelock are raising concerns among many area citizens.
According to information currently available, the project is being put forward by the Groupe Chenail company, which was acquired by Eurovia Québec in 2018. The new factory will be located near the Carrières Ducharme stone quarry.
Locals are worried the construction of an asphalt factory could generate increased heavy truck traffic in the area, which is known for its picturesque qualities. Concerns over an increase in pollution, dust, odours and noxious fumes have also been raised by a citizens group now going by the name “Les citoyens pour la défense de Covey Hill.” The group feels the project will jeopardize the aquifer system in a region with an agricultural tradition that relies in part on this resource and will negatively affect neighbouring communities as well.
It appears the project has obtained the necessary authorization. An electrical supply system as well as new machinery and equipment are now visible near the site.
Citizens are frustrated that no information was made public regarding this project. A number of citizens are planning to gather at the Havelock Town Hall on Monday, July 5, just before 7:30 p.m. to protest the implementation of the asphalt plant. The group is hoping to be able to obtain more information from elected officials who will be meeting for the regular municipal council meeting.
A website launched by the citoyens pour la défense de Covey Hill group demands that citizens be shown the authorization letters from the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment, and Fight Against Climate Change and the Commission de protection du territoire Agricole du Québec (CPTAQ), as well as a copy of the environmental impact assessment for the project.
The main environmental concerns are also described by the group online at coveyhill.weebly.com.