Vulcan facing fight from Alabama community over quarry

By |  December 19, 2012

Vulcan Materials Co. wants to open a quarry in Gurley, Ala., but many in the local community there are opposed to the idea.

According to WAAYTV, the local ABC affiliate, more than 50 people attended a town hall meeting to express their opposition to the quarry opening near their town. Those opposed argue the dust produced would aggravate the asthma of many students at a local high school. They also argue a local river could be affected.

“It is less than two miles from our schools, our elementary and our high school, and it does not have a positive growth aspect unless you’re interested in industrial growth and asphalt plants and concrete,” says Cecilia Dear, an activist who years ago successfully kept M&N Materials from locating inside the city’s limits.

According to WAAYTV, the city’s mayor presented a resolution at the meeting stating the town is opposed to the quarry. Local councilmen voted to pass the mayor’s resolution. Vulcan had no representatives present.

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