It was a plan that sparked plenty of protest and on Wednesday the company behind the Melancthon “mega quarry” in Dufferin County axed the plan.

Several groups, including the Council of Canadians and Stop the Mega Quarry, rallied against the proposed limestone quarry near Shelburne, about 110 kilometres north of Toronto.

It was slated to be the biggest in Ontario and second largest in North America. Opponents claimed it would damage neighbouring communities, watersheds and threaten drinking water.

“While we believe that the quarry would have brought significant economic benefit to Melancthon Township and served Ontario’s well-documented need for aggregate, we acknowledge that the application does not have sufficient support from the community and government to justify proceeding with the approval process,” The Highland Companies representative John Scherer said in a statement.

Highland also said Wednesday that it’s abandoning its “efforts to restore the rail corridor through Dufferin County.” The company’s president John Lowndes also resigned.

“We, the people, did it! We stopped the mega quarry!” the group Stop the Mega Quarry posted on its Facebook page Wednesday.

The Council of Canadians alleged Highlands bought up farmland in the area claiming it was for a potato growing operation, but instead intended to mine the limestone the group claims is worth more than $8 billion.