By Michelle Key
Creekwood Resources, LLC issued a press release on May 11 which stated that on April 28, 2021 the Shady Grove Quarry, located in Lee County, Alabama, was issued its Surface Mining Permit from the State of Alabama, and subsequently on May 4, 2021, it received its official MSHA Identification Number by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration designating the permit area as a permitted mine site in accordance with Federal statute 30 CFR.
In a statement in the press release Jeff Major, Managing Member of Creekwood Resources is quoted as saying, “We are excited to have received these important permits allowing us to move forward with our Shady Grove operation. We look forward to being an important member of the community and providing good paying, long term, jobs for the local citizens.”
There is a public hearing being held by ADEM at the Opelika Municipal Court located at 300 Martin Luther King Blvd.in Opelika, at 6 p.m. on May 20. The hearing will focus on the permits that Creekwood Resources applied for in December, an Air Permit and a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit. These permits are still pending.
To pre-register to speak, do so online here: https://forms.gle/6hzC4TDoexXh17Ah7 or call 334-394-4302. Pre-registration will end on May 17 at 5 p.m. Onsite registration will be allowed the day-of.
A planning committee has been formed to establish zoning regulations for Beat 13, which is the area in which the quarry would be located. Those individuals living in Beat 13, will have a special-called election on May 18 which could result in zoning for Beat 13 should it pass. There will only be one item on the ballot — the establishment of zoning regulations for the beat. Specific regulations will not be included in this special election.
There will be two public meetings with the planning committee this week. The first will be held at 5:30 p.m. on May 12 at Lee County Meeting Center which is located at 205 S 10th St. in Opelika. The second meeting will be a press conference held by the Lee County Commission at noon on May 13 at the Lee County Courthouse.
Previous articles on the proposed quarry are listed below.
More information on the potential quarry and the public hearing can be found below: