Residents near the Walker/Blount County, Alabama line in the community of Empire, and as far away as Ricetown and Smoke Rise, ten miles from Empire, are not happy with Cupps Coal Yard and the Walker County Commission. And they are setting up to blast back at the coal yard and its destructive way of doing so-called "legitimate business."
C-3 explosive blasts are going off regularly, sometimes as many as thirty an hour, and it's damaging not only the residents homes, but their nerves are shot too. One former US Veteran says it reminds of him of his war service--his battlefield memories are not pleasant. Nor is it something he expects years later in his own backyard.
The Walker County Commission says that Cupps is a "legitimate business operating within the law." What part of that law as they see it says it's okay to destroy people's homes?
Attempts by CBS 42 and the Blount Countian newspaper to the company have gone unanswered. They're not the only ones ducking and hiding. State Fire Marshall Paulk did not return the Blount Countian's phone calls for their February 23 new story on the issue. Mr. Paulk's idea of a solution sounds like something out of "You might be a redneck if:"
It is thought that the blasting being done is within legal limits as determined by State Fire Marshal Edward Paulk, but the newspaper’s calls to Paulk had not been returned at press time. According to reports, Paulk has asked the operator of the business to construct a “blasting curtain” made of telephone poles with tires suspended from metal cables running between the poles to absorb some of the noise and concussion from the open-air explosions, which are reported to come only minutes apart at certain times of the day.The newspaper has so far been unable to confirm the above information with the state fire marshal, but will continue its efforts.
Walker County has long been overly friendly to big coal, but this time the Empire will strike back at the mine and the Walker County Commission with some not so friendly verbal explosions of their own.
Posted by Winger
Posted by Winger