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Batesburg-Leesville residents shook up about proposed quarry

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A proposed quarry in Lexington County has shaken some neighbors in Batesburg-Leesville. They say the project will do irreparable harm to the environment and put a big dent in their quality of life.

It doesn't get much quieter than Stutman Road in Lexington County. For now, at least.

Sherry Lyles says she's worried about the dust, noise, explosions, and traffic that could come from the proposed quarry.

Vulcan Materials, the same company that operates Columbia's quarry in Olympia, is looking at opening a similar operation near the intersection of Stutman and Windmill roads.

Lyles is one of several in nearby Batesburg-Leesville who've started petitions to try to get Lexington County to fight the development. Victoria Sheppard raises chickens near the proposed site.

"Hopefully, we can at least slow it down and find out what else we can do," said Sheppard.

Others live nearby and are worried about a host of problems, everything from wells drying out, to silica dust hurting their honey bees.

The company says the quarry will bring around two dozen jobs along with about $30 million in capital investment. But neighbors say, no thanks.

"That's a really nice, scenic road where people like to take a drive, ride motorcycles," said Donna Fletcher. "We don't think it's worth the potential."

Lyles agrees.

"There's just no good that can come from it at all," said Lyles. "None."

We spoke with a Vulcan company representative Tuesday afternoon, and he said that the project is still in its early stages. He says they have reached an agreement with the landowner, but haven't begun filing for the necessary permits through DHEC. He says when that happens, there will be a series of public hearings and that many of the questions related to the environmental impacts of this quarry will be answered.

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