An Alabama lawmaker is stepping in to stop the rock quarry battle in Gurley. Representative Wayne Johnson has drafted a bill he hopes will do the job.
If passed, this bill will basically block Vulcan Management from building the quarry on Gurley Mountain because it says a quarry cannot be constructed within five miles of a school.
Johnson has stepped in just days after a public meeting with ADEM where Gurley residents voiced many concerns but got few answers.
"This battle has been fought for a long time. If I pass this bill, it will put that battle to rest," said Johnson.
The bill says no rock quarry can be constructed within five miles of a school, and in that area, there are two schools.
"They would probably like to tell you the quarry operations won't affect the kids, but we don't know," said concerned resident, Leo Flynn.
Meaning if this bill passes, it would be a big win for Gurley and a big relief for parents.
"I don't want to be a grandfather to kids who have all kinds of medical issues that trace back to this quarry," Flynn said.
Similar bills have been introduced before - all unsuccessfully - but Johnson said this time that won't be the case.
"I feel very confident this time the bill will go through," he said.
That would be good news for concerned residents staring down a decade of uncertainty.
"I hate to think the Gurley area is going to be the sacrificial lamb for the whole county," said Flynn.
Johnson plans to bring the bill to the table at the start of the upcoming legislative session in February.
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