WV silences massive opposition to quarry permit, we take action!

Friday, February 25, 2011 - 12:00am

Brent Walls, Upper Potomac River ManagerA permit was issued for a 100 acre quarry in Gerrardstown, WV, despite massive opposition--seen in 700 complaint letters and packed town hall meetings. Now, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls is appealing the permit because it could contaminate drinking water and permanently destroy the local landscape.

Brent says: "people here have said overwhelmingly that they do not want a quarry in their town. Their pleas were ignored despite the abundant environmental and human health hazards. This cannot stand."

West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) says it received 787 letters against the permit—the largest response for or against any proposed permit in state history. A public hearing attracted a crowd of 500 people, based on estimates by DEP. Several people were denied the chance to speak so a second hearing had to be scheduled. The second hearing drew a crowd of 100 residents, which is still many times larger than the usual crowd of a dozen or so concerned citizens. The community response was spearheaded by C.A.R.E, a local group concerned with protecting the tranquility of North Mountain.

You can read more about our efforts to stop this hazardous permit in our press release, which was picked up by several news outlets!