By Will Fairless
Creekwood Resources, LLC has requested a public hearing with Alabama Department of
Environmental Management (ADEM) for the proposed Shady Grove quarry in Lee County,
Creekwood made the following statement on Friday, Jan. 15.
“While following CDC guidelines, we have been conducting outreach meetings with the local
community as Creekwood seeks to obtain state and federal approvals. In addition by
requesting a public hearing, Creekwood is proactively making an attempt to hear and address
any and all concerns during the permit application process.
“At Creekwood, we commit to operating in a safe, socially and environmentally responsible
manner, while creating good quality jobs and economic opportunity for the local community. The site will be developed and managed to meet or exceed all state and federal guidelines for safety and environmental stewardship. We will work with the surrounding neighbors and
neighborhoods to address concerns and needs as they arise.”
Tara Brumfield and Danielle Ritch have been two of the most outspoken Beulah citizens against the quarry. Brumfield told the Observer, “… The most important aspect is that most of the people of the Beulah community do not want a quarry in our neighborhood. We don’t want the dust, the dangerous traffic, the noise, the pollution.”
Brumfield said that Protect Beulah is mailing out individual petition sheets to Beulah residents. The petition has to do with zoning regulations relevant to the quarry.
She alluded to Opelika’s fight against a Creekwood granite quarry in Opelika, which fight was undertaken at least partly (according to Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller’s statement at the time) to protect the Saugahatchee Watershed and Saugahatchee Lake.
“We already have a landfill that we have to deal with trucks, sludge and debris,” Brumfield said. “We don’t have room nor the desire for a quarry.”