Homeowner frustrated as blasting causes damage to his dream home
SUDBURY -- A Sudbury man is sharing his story about damage he says was caused by blasting being done close to his home.
Leo Turgeon said no one can stop the project because there is no legislation in place to stop blasting that causes damage to nearby structures.
Turgeon bought his dream home on Dill Lake a year ago. In November, blasting started to clear a private lot next door.
"There have been two to three blasts a day since Nov. 13," he said. "The house that I bought was in pristine shape, solid foundation, straight to the rock, beautiful house. But (now there are) cracks in the foundation, cracks in the walls."
Turgeon said he has contacted Greater Sudbury, police and the Ministry of Labour, but has been told no one can stop the blasting.
"Nobody has the right legislation," he said. "The reason for this is that in Sudbury, we are the only expanding city that is on the rocks. We need the blast companies to break rock, but the proper legislation to monitor it doesn't exist. They are basically self-policed."
Did an inspection
Turgeon said the company doing the blasting sent someone to do an inspection before it started, and will send one when the project is complete. In the meantime, the damage continues.
"My house is built on the same rock that is being blasted, and so it follows and the house shakes and everything cracks," he said.
In a statement to CTV News, Greater Sudbury said it has limited authority when it comes to individual residential blasting projects.
"The city does have a blasting construction standard for commercial projects," the statement said. "The city has been made aware of this situation and building staff are working with both parties and their consultants to help resolve the issue."
Turgeon is taking civil action for the damage and said he's also doing it to raise awareness about the lack of legislation to stop blasting when it's causing damage.