07/13/2012 04:28 EDT | Updated 09/12/2012 05:12 EDT

Citizens will get more time to provide input on proposal to expand N.S. quarry

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Even though Nova Scotia's Environment Department has granted approval for expansion of a quarry in the Antigonish area, a government spokeswoman says the approval process is far from over.

Members of the Mini Trail Quarry Concerns Society have said the environmental approval process didn't allow residents enough time to provide input.

However, government spokeswoman Jodi Sibley says Alva Construction — the company that owns the existing three-hectare quarry at Georgeville — still needs an industrial approval to expand to 54 hectares.

She says that means there will be more time for public input.

Meanwhile, she says the company has yet to apply for industrial approval.