Batesburg/Leesville, SC - A large group of citizens attended a meeting at the Batesburg/Leesville Middle School on Tuesday evening to tell the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) that they are opposed to a proposed rock quarry outside the western Lexington County town.
Batesburg/Leesville’s Mayor Rita Crapps spoke and pointed out that the proposed 500-acre quarry could be the death blow to developments that are being considered for the area for new residential projects. She echoed the citizens by saying that Vulcan just wasn’t a good fit for the area.
Vulcan operates quarries across the nation including one in the Olympia area of Columbia near Williams Brice Stadium. The new Lexington County mine would be located near the intersection of Stutman and Windmill Roads just east of Leesville.
The meeting gave people another chance to let DHEC know they were opposed to the project before that agency decides whether or not to issue the permits for the mine.
Vulcan has said that the mine will provide an economic boost to the area but the opposition says that only a few jobs will be created. Those opposed maintain that any of the jobs that the mine creates will be filled by people who are already employed by Vulcan. They say these jobs will just transfer to current company employees whose jobs will be scaled back at their Columbia operations.
The Stop the Quarry group says they have great concerns about the quality of their drinking water wells, noise from equipment and blasting, and dust and gasses that would be released by the operation that would negatively impact their health.
Vulcan officials have said that the citizen’s concerns just aren’t valid. The company said it will work diligently to address concerns like increased truck traffic on the area’s rural roads. They also said they have designed large buffer areas that would lessen the impact of the mine’s operations on its neighbors