Stop the Rock Quarry in Meriwether County and Protect the Flint River!

by Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Stop the Rock Quarry in Meriwether County and Protect the Flint River!

by Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization
Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization
Citizens for Action in Meriwether, is a non-profit organization representing dozens of hardworking citizens challenging a proposed rock quarry in Meriwether County, GA. Ronnie Heard is the Chairman.
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Citizens for Action in Meriwether, is a non-profit organization representing dozens of hardworking citizens challenging a proposed rock quarry in Meriwether County, GA. Ronnie Heard is the Chairman.
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Latest: Sept. 19, 2018

News Story on Upcoming Public Hearing on October 8th - Please Donate!


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Greetings to all,

My name is Ronnie Heard and I have lived with my family in Alvaton, Georgia in rural Meriwether County (about one hour south of Atlanta) for more than thirty years.  I am humbly asking for your financial support on behalf of Citizens for Action in Meriwether, a non-profit organization that represents dozens of hardworking citizens that have lived in Meriwether County for generations.

We need your help in challenging the rezoning and permitting of a 756-acre parcel of property near our homes for construction of a rock quarry by an out of state developer.  The parcel is currently zoned residential and next to my home and the homes of many other citizens.  The parcel is close to the majestic Flint River and White Oak Creek, a major tributary of the Flint River, flows through the land.

The out of state developer has begun legal proceedings to force Meriwether County to allow unregulated hard rock mining throughout Meriwether County and to rezone the parcel from residential to industrial.  The Citizens humbly ask for your financial support to allow us to challenge the out of state developer’s efforts to rezone the parcel and build the quarry. 

It may take tens of thousands of dollars to effectively challenge the rezoning and permitting of the quarry.  The developer has retained a powerful lawyer in Macon Georgia.  A reputable environmental law firm in Atlanta has agreed to represent us.  To effectively represent us, however, our attorneys need support and funds to hire suitable experts in environmental science, economics, and other fields.

Please donate to our cause no matter where you live as the quarry would have local, regional, and national impacts.  The area at issue supports endangered species and has important cultural resources including Native American sites.  The quarry would adversely impact the groundwater and surface water of the White Oak Creek and the Flint River. Runoff from the quarry may impact downstream water supplies.

The quarry would have devastating local impacts.  White Oak Creek and the Flint River are important sources of income and recreation to our community.  The quarry would deplete stream flow in White Oak Creek due to long-term lowering of groundwater levels to keep the quarry dry. During droughts nearby wells may experience degraded water quality or go dry causing hardship to local citizens.

The blasting and mining activities would destroy the quality of life in this area.  The quarry could reduce property values, damage home foundations, contaminate drinking water wells, release large volumes of harmful dust, and destroy local roads through increased semi and dump truck traffic.  Please take a moment to consider how you would feel if this were your home and community.

Meriwether County would only generate an additional $150,000 in tax revenues from the quarry and the typical quarry does not have many full-time employees. Most of the material mined will be shipped out of state and not used in Georgia. It is not worth destroying a priceless community and natural area for these figures. Please help us challenge the rezoning and permitting of this destructive quarry.


Update 7

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Sept. 19, 2018

News Story on Upcoming Public Hearing on October 8th - Please Donate!


Update 6

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Sept. 11, 2018

News Story on Proposed Rock Quarry Near Gay Georgia - Please Donate!


Update 5

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Aug. 30, 2018

News Story on First Battle: 3-1 Vote to Open Up County to Mining - Please Help!

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Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Aug. 26, 2018

Hearing at Courthouse 6 p.m. Tuesday - 5 Days And $1500 To Go!

Friends and Supporters,


The first battle of this war is this week. Please attend the public hearing this Tuesday, August 28th at 6 p.m. The location of the public hearing is still the Historic Courthouse in Greenville Georgia.


Please plan to show up around 5 p.m. because seating and parking at the Courthouse is limited. Please wear your blue group T-shirt (or another blue T-shirt if you do not have a group T-shirt). Please contact Joe Howard (jekhoward@yahoo.com) or Susan Olvey (solvey@bellsouth.net) to get a group T-shirt or yard sign.


With 5 days to go we are $1,500 short of our initial fundraising goal. Please help us close this gap. We have come too far to come up short. If 50 people donate just $30 each we will meet the goal.


Ronnie Heard, Chairman

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, Inc.

A Nonprofit Organization for Smart Growth

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Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Aug. 23, 2018

Meeting Tonight - Less Than 10 Days Left And $2,900 To Go!

Friends and Supporters,


Please plan to attend the concerned citizens meeting tonight August 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Building in Gay, GA (Highway 85 and Tom Mann Road). This will be our last meeting before the public hearing next Tuesday in Greenville.


There are less than 10 days left in our initial fundraising campaign and we are just $2,925 away from meeting our initial goal of $15,000 to fight this destructive quarry. Please help us close this gap before the public hearing next Tuesday. 


If just 50 people contribute $60 each, we will meet our initial goal.


I hope to see you tonight,


Ronnie Heard, Chairman

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, Inc.

A Nonprofit Organization for Smart Growth

 
 
Update 2

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Aug. 8, 2018

BBQ Dinner/Fundraiser This Thursday 8/9 At 6:30 - Spread The Word And Attend!

Friends and Supporters,

This Thursday August 9th at 6:30 p.m., the concerned citizens group is holding a BBQ dinner/fundraiser and brief update meeting at the Community Building in Gay, Georgia (near intersection of Tom Mann Road and S.R. 85).  The BBQ plates will cost $10 each.  Please spread the word and attend!

Proceeds will go toward our continued efforts to protect all of Meriwether County from irresponsible hard rock mining, promote positive economic growth, and protect White Oak Creek and the Flint River.  If you cannot attend, please consider making a small donation instead at crowdjustice.com/stopthequarry.

Ronnie Heard, Chairman

Citizens for Action of Meriwether, Inc., A Nonprofit Organization

Update 1

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

Aug. 5, 2018

Keep Up The Momentum - For The Flint and All of Meriwether County!

Friends,

We are off to a strong start but need to keep up the momentum. This fight to protect all of Meriwether County and the Flint River from irresponsible mining is going to be long. We need to be able to go the distance!

Please email this page to your friends in all parts of Meriwether County and the State of Georgia and ask them to donate. Please post this page and update to Facebook and ask your friends to pledge. Please also pledge again if you can.

The location of the August 28th 6 p.m. Commissioners meeting on a text amendment to open all of Meriwether County up to mining is now the Historic Meriwether County Courthouse in Greenville, Second Floor. Spread the word and attend!

Ronnie Heard, Chariman

Citizens for Action in Meriwether, A Non-Profit Organization

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