J.F. Allen's Pond Lick Quarry and DEP were found not to be protecting the Shaver's Fork. In a hearing before the Environmental Quality Board, Allen's major modification was overturned in Charleston on Nov. 12.
Four citizen groups united at the hearing and won. That means the sustainable and growing tourist businesses on Elkins' east side, out U.S. 33, prevailed. And that helps to protect many jobs, homes, investments and tax base. This was good for the economy. The local area employs more people than Pond Lick would.
Thank you to the more than 600 citizens that united and help get this victory.
Does that mean limestone can't be quarried? No. West Virginia Paving, Mashy Gap and Crystal Springs quarries do not drain into the trout waters of the Shavers Fork, they were not affected by this ruling and they can continue to produce limestone.
I see this as a win-win. Quarries can co-exist without killing other jobs, homes and investments.
I truly hope that J.F. Allen will recognize and appreciate the negative impact a quarry can have on so many people and go forward with his business elsewhere in a cooperative way.
Let's keep it win-win.