Also, due to the magnitude of the proposed excavation, and the fact that it laysdirectly in a highly sensitive water recharge area, any miscalculation, oversightor other error could result in an environmental catastrophe of enormousproportions. Which the Highland Companies cannot guarantee will not happen.The proposed quarry site is situated on prime agricultural land, to be excavatedinvasively 200 feet below the water table in the midst of the headwaters for anumber of significant river systems that serve a large portion of Ontario’spopulation.As a chef who has focused much of my career on sourcing from my local farmsand waters, I ask myself if this was a proposal that would impact my communityand my relationships with those that grow the food that feeds us, I know I wouldbe the first in line in opposition of such a proposal. I thought about the Canadianchefs and their connections with the farms in harms way and understand the fearthey have about loosing a major part if not the most important part, thesource of a food system and the impact it will have through the entire chain.I am not against hedge funds and the thought of investing my money to watch itgrow, in fact if I'm ever in a position that I can invest in a business through ahedge fund and make millions, hell count me in. I too am after the Americandream, right? But I will also think about the investments and the business thatcould harm people. I've said this many times, I truly don't consider myself anenvironmentalist or tree hugger in any essence of the term. But I do considermyself a peopleist , a person who cares about people, especially those that allowme to feed those willing to pay for my food. I am a cook who appreciates thefood I use and respect the food I use more than many in my field. I care aboutbeing able to continue to cook local food and share this with my cooks andguests for as long as I can hold a pan, therefore I understand why this megaquarry is the center of opposition for Canadians especially those in the foodservice industry. I understand the impact it can have on the environment andrespect that side of the story as well.