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Canadian Environmental Law Association supporting OPAL

By John Tapley, Ingersoll Times

Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) brought its concerns about a proposed landfill in Zorra to a government committee reviewing the Aggregate Resources Act during a meeting in Orangeville, Ont., on June 27.

Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) brought its concerns about a proposed landfill in Zorra to a government committee reviewing the Aggregate Resources Act during a meeting in Orangeville, Ont., on June 27.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has partnered with Oxford People Against the Landfill (OPAL) to provide legal representation for its fight against Walker Environmental Group's proposed landfill in Zorra.

“CELA will provide the Oxford County residents' group opposing the mega-landfill with legal experts that specialize in protecting water supplies and keeping communities safe from potentially dangerous projects such as landfills,” said OPAL in a press release.

OPAL is “thrilled” to have CELA on board, said chair Steve McSwiggan.

“CELA’s assistance will help to level the playing field as we take our opposition to this landfill straight to the provincial government later this year, and we thank CELA for believing in our cause.”

While much of CELA’s expertise is being offered to OPAL free of charge, McSwiggan said there are ongoing expenses related to legal services for which OPAL is responsible.

“We hope people around our county will donate what they can to assist us with legal and expert costs going forward,” he said. “This battle for our communities in Oxford County is being fought on behalf of all current and future residents, and I truly believe the health of our citizens, economy and environment are worth every effort to protect.”

 

 


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