Six witnesses who either live or work in the area testified as to their experience of vibration effects they attribute to blasting at the existing quarry.
Two expert witnesses addressed blasting effects from the proposed northern extension: Dr. Robert L. Kondner testified on behalf of the protestants and Steve Carter testified on behalf of the applicant.
Mr. Barron lives at 21266 Mount Aetna Road which is 0.8 miles from the existing quarry.
He presented records made by his neighbor showing that 18 of the blasts which occurred at the existing quarry from June 18th to October 13, 2004 rattled the windows in his neighbor's house.
David Andrews Burrows
Mr. Burrows resides at 21917 Academy Lane which is one mile from the East Pit quarry.
He said that he experiences blast-caused vibrations at his home and is concerned about how the northern extension would exacerbate impacts.
Mr. Baron resides at 21110 Mount Aetna Road which is 0.8 miles from the East Pit quarry.
He said his whole house shakes when blasts occur at the existing quarry. The proposed quarry would only be a half-mile from his home, making the blast effects much worse.
Mr. Howell testified that he is the president of the student association at Highland View
Academy, which is located 0.75 miles from the existing quarry.
He stated that the Academy administration building presently shakes when blasts occur at the existing quarry. The vibration and noise creates a sensation of dwindling liquid beneath students desks which is very disrupting to classes and frightening to Academy students.
Mr. Milam stated that he was the director of the Mount Aetna Camp and Retreat Center which is located 1.3 miles from the existing quarry.
Clifford W. Shramm
Mr. Shramm lives at 10327 Highpoint Drive which is 0.9 miles from the existing quarry.
weekend and weekout.
upon inspection of the claim.
Mr. Carter did not address the blasting impacts described by the six people who live or work in the area.
Nor did Mr. Carter address how locating a new quarry close to a far greater number of homes when (compared to the existing Beaver Creek quarries) would exacerbate the blast impact.
Mr. Carter responded by stating that the blast-caused vibration at the homes was no greater than the vibration caused by someone walking across a floor.
Mr. Carter was not asked any questions regarding the specific points raised by Dr. Kondner with respect to the effect of blasting on increased sinkhole formation and the threat this posed to the numerous homes in close proximity to the northern extension site.
That sounds all too familiar to Vincent residents; questions were not asked about specific points made and valid issues raised.The effects on the nearby Vincent Elementary School and the young children deserve more careful thought and caution than has been given to them. If a parent had a choice to have their child attend school near heavy industry or not, which do you think they would choose?
We submit it would not be to have their children attend school 4500 feet from the site of heavy industry.
What kind of society does not exercise an abundance of caution when it comes to their youngest citizens safety and well being? Representative Cam Ward came out against the proposed Montevallo quarry in 2005 citing proximity to schools as one of his reason. He still sits on the Shelby County Local Delegation, where is he for Vincent's children? Jabo Waggoner? Henry Erwin? All came out against the Montevallo quarry.
The entire delegation has been silent on this issue despite repeated phone calls, letters and emails for them to acknowledge the school issue. But when it was Montevallo, that was different.
We sent Steve French packing because of his silence who grossly underestimated the power of people to organize when they are unhappy and ignored by their elected representatives. There will be more come November.
Additional blasting effects on subsidence and sinkhole formation:
Dr. Kondner stated that the numerous sinkholes depicted on the applicant’s geologic map plus the presence of the cave shows that the area is a "Swiss-cheese" of solution channels--subsurface chambers and channels formed by the dissolution process.
He said some of these channels contained water. Dr. Konder described how blasting proposed by the applicant would send shock waves through rock and the channels.
He said the shock waves would cause an effect like a water-hammer which would disturb and flush sediments from the surrounding material.
Not once has then been addressed and acknowledged by the "WRQ team."In addition the Calera area has been described in exactly the same phrase by a local engineer as, "It is like Swiss-cheese down there in the area of the quarries."
6000+ collapses in the Calera, Montevallo, and Alabaster areas according the the USGS. Millions of dollars spent in repairs. Risk factor does not equal economic benefit; cities, communities and the state are spending almost as much as they are receiving, and sometimes more, in relation to the industry revenue.
Mr. Jim Hurley of WRQ, wrote as a guest columnist in the June 15, 2010 edition of the Shelby County Reporter that; " ...All of us on our team associated with White Rock Quarries have tried very hard to present our case for the project’s approval in a factual, respectful and reasonable manner... Please keep in mind that in presenting our case, we have never tried to mislead you, never tried to twist facts to boost our argument, or confuse the issue with out of context or misleading information — and have never engaged in personal attacks on individuals."