Meeting on quarry concerns set July 12

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Carroll County News

A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss residents’ concerns over exploratory drilling to determine the feasibility of a limestone quarry in the Winona township near Keels Creek and the Kings River.

District 4 Justice of the Peace Marty Johnson, whose district includes Winona, said Tuesday that the meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the Community Room at Carroll Electric headquarters in Berryville.

Earlier, a reporter was told by another source that the meeting would be held July 17.

More than a dozen concerned residents addressed the Carroll County Quorum Court at its regular monthly meeting on June 17 about the exploratory drilling on a 629-acre tract of land off of Rock House Road.

Those citizens expressed their concerns about the potential impact to the environment, including sediment runoff that they believe could have an adverse effect on water quality, as well as noise generated by mining operations, declining property values, damage to roads that weren’t designed to accommodate heavy equipment and other adverse effects.

The property where the exploratory drilling is being conducted is divided into several smaller parcels, with ownership being held by three holding companies — Keels Creek LLC, Shady Grove Property LLC and Trigger Gap Property LLC.

Keels Creek Property LLC has already been cited for one violation of the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Act after an inspector from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality observed sediment runoff in an unnamed tributary of Keels Creek from road widening activity on an existing access road. The inspector visited the site after multiple residents filed complaints with ADEQ.

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