2017-09-27 / Front Page

DEP to hold meeting here on Silica mine request October 10

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has set a public comment meeting date and time to hear feedback on a request by U.S. Silica to mine sand closer to Berkeley Springs.

The mine has asked the environmental agency to approve a plan to “swap” 39.7 acres of mine land. That would mean the company would mine on roughly 40 new acres on the south end of their quarry rather than a spot elsewhere.

Mine officials have said the 40 acres had previously been mined before. They want to move mining operations there because they have mined out sand deposits elsewhere in their quarry.

State officials will hold an “informal conference” on Tuesday, October 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Moose Lodge to allow people to comment on the mining change and any adverse affects it may have on the area.

A public notice in this issue of The Messenger directs residents to call the DEP at 304-457-3219 for more information about permit Q104091.

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