Frontier Stone’s proposal to put in a dolomite/limestone quarry on 215 acres of land owned by Shelby farmer Chet Zelazny, bordering the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, New York has met with local opposition.
More than 100 people attended a public hearing Tuesday night, with nearly a quarter of them stating their reasons for opposing the quarry for which Frontier Stone is seeking approval.
Administrative Law Judge D Scott Bassinson, with the Department of Environmental Conservation office in Albany, presided over the hearing.
The excavation area would total 172 acres and mining would be divided into four phases during the estimated 75 year operational life of the mine.
Mining is proposed below the water table and the project includes dewatering of the quarry area. As proposed, the estimated maximum water withdrawal would be 554,000 gallons per day, which would be discharged into an existing agricultural drainage ditch. The reclamation objective would be to create two lakes for recreation or wildlife habitat.
It’s expected that truck traffic would number 30 trucks per hour during operation, with 15 entering and 15 leaving. Hours would be from 6am to 6pm Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Blasting would occur from 9am to pm. on weekdays only.
Shelby Town Supervisor Merle Draper has previously said before he could give approval, he would have to be convinced it wouldn’t harm wildlife on the refuge, and he would have to learn the impact it would have on the environment on the refuge and surrounding community, including the STAMP project.
The town is concerned water from the quarry will accumulate and contaminated water will get into the refuge, thereby affecting the town residents’ ability to use the location for recreational purposes.
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