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Residents fight to keep quarry out of community

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Rock Quarry site (Source: East Huntsville Madison County Civic Association) Rock Quarry site (Source: East Huntsville Madison County Civic Association)
GURLEY, AL (WAFF) -

Residents of Gurley are not giving up without a fight to keep a rock quarry from being built in their community. The project is expected to be built on the west side of Gurley Mountain just off Highway 72 in Madison County, adjacent to dozens of homes. 

Madison County residents will get a chance to speak out about that project to officials with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Tuesday night.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Madison County Elementary.

Vulcan Materials has plans to reopen the 40-year-old quarry in the area, but not everyone is onboard with the pending project.  

"I'd hate to think that Gurley and our area will be the sacrificial lamb for the rest of the county because they don't want it there," said Leo Flynn.   

Flynn would be about one and a half miles from where Vulcan plans to put their rock quarry project - a decision he is not thrilled with.  Flynn said he moved to the mountains for peace and quiet. 

"There are so many things that go on," he said.  "The blasting, the dust, the noise - it's just an inappropriate location."

Flynn said he plans to attend Tuesday night's meeting to speak to Vulcan officials about the unwanted new addition and what it could do to property values.    

"I definitely plan to be vocal about it," he said.  "I think it's time for people to be able to stand up and ask our elected leaders to help us out with this."

Joe Howle with Vulcan Materials said he and his colleagues are looking forward to the meeting because workers with the company want to give people the correct information about their plans.

"That's one of the big misconceptions, that we are an intrusive business when we aren't," Howle said.  "We know what we're doing.  We've done this before.  This isn't our first rodeo.  If you look at our record at ADEM, you'll see that it's a clean record."

As far as the property values, Howle said the quarry won't be close to some of the areas that are against the project.  

"We have no evidence that our quarry affects anyone's property value because of the distance away," he said.  

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