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Help save North Mountain from quarry operation

By Staff | Apr 9, 2010

For three years people in Jefferson and Berkeley counties have been fighting a proposed strip mine shale quarry in the residential, farming, historic area of Gerrardstown.

Gerrardstown is about 10 minuets outside Martinsburg and is located at the base of North Mountain, a water recharge area for the greater Berkeley county area and is included in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The water table is often only two feet below ground during the spring and fall months.

The Berkeley County Public Water Service District has performed a dye test that confirmed the connection of North Mountain Water to major wells and aquifers. The industrial quarry proposed by Continental Brick Inc. would put all these resources and our livelihoods at risk.

The shale quarry would devastate the water resources as well as the historic-tourist economy of the town.

Continental Brick Inc. plans to move its existing employees to the North Mountain site providing no economic growth for Gerrardstown.

Attend the public hearing slated for Wednesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Ridge Intermediate School on 2691 Gerrardstown Road. You can also send a letter of disapproval to the WV Department of Environmental Protection. For more info go to northmountain.org or contact rglenn51989@gmail.com

Robby Glenn