Calhoun Residents Concerned by Mine Proposal

Residents in Calhoun county are upset by the possibility of a sand and gravel mine in their neighborhood.

Calhoun County, SC (WLTX) – Some residents in Calhoun County are concerned about the possibility of a mine being built in their neighborhood.

Culclasure Farm Tract, LLC is trying to get a DHEC permit to mine sand and gravel for 10 years.

The mine would have two pits and would be located on 68 acres on Horsefeathers Lane near Swansea.

Residents are concerned about the possible increase of traffic and the loss of well water.

“Why come take a beautiful spot,” Resident Gregg Rucker questioned
He lives right near the site of the proposed mine.

“This is nature,” Rucker said.

He also believes that his water could be contaminated especially since the company says they will be pumping groundwater. 

“It's going to be a death trap,” Rucker said. 

“There is no safety concern for the traffic,” Resident Steve Benton added.

Benton said with Horsefeathers Lane intersecting with Highway 21, there is going to be a lot more traffic.

With Horsefeathers Lane being a dirt road, they are concerned about large trucks running through area and destroying it.

The company has not responded to our request for comment but said in their permit application that the mine will not harm any nearby homes because there is no blasting or chemical contamination.

They also say they will only shallowly penetrate the water table and that trees and a berm they will build will keep the mine hidden.

The residents are not buying it.

"What I'd like to see happen is the permit denied,” Rucker explained.

DHEC is hosting a public meeting on the proposed mine. It's Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Sandy Run School.

For more information, please visit: http://www.scdhec.gov/Apps/Environment/PublicNotices/SearchAndDisplay/Display/3102

 

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