Monday, September 20, 2021

A quarry in question

white lake quarryPushback against the granite quarry proposed for a forming mining site on White Lake in the town of Forestport (the northern tip of Oneida County) has been building for months.

In late August, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) issued a Notice of Complete Application for the project, kicking off the formal review process, that because of the location inside the Adirondack Park boundary, is taking place in collaboration with the Adirondack Park Agency (APA).

Representatives of both agencies recently presided over a hearing on the project. As our correspondent Megan Plete Postol has been reporting on this story, opposition to the project is strong, with more than 1,000 letters submitted to the APA and not a single person at the hearing made a comment in support of the project. (Although she did send us a photo of one pro-quarry sign she came across in her travels.)

Among chief concerns is that project will have a negative impact on the lake’s groundwater. Kevin Franke, a consultant from the LA Group, hired by the White Lake Association to do an independent assessment of the application, spoke to his firm’s findings.

Read all of that and find out what’s happening next in our latest story about the project.

A sign shows opposition to a proposed quarry on White Lake, in the town of Forestport. Photo by Megan Plete Postol.

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.


5 Responses

  1. LeRoy Hogan says:

    Looks like a double negative on that sign which would make a positive for the quarry.
    NO to “No Quarry” in other words.

  2. Amy Godine says:

    Very well reported. Thank you.

  3. LeRoy Hogan says:

    How many of the 1,000 letter makers have granite counter tops, raise your hands.

    • Lee Miller says:

      It doesn’t sound like the granite that would be quarried here would be used in counter top application. There are differences in the type of stone itself and how the stone is quarried that will determine how it is to be used. For granite to be used in counter tops, it needs to be sawn out with expensive diamond saws (almost surgical like). If blasting is used to extract the stone, it will create all kinds of fissures, causing it to crack. The proposed quarry sounds more like an aggregate operation.

    • Joan Grabe says:

      Sneer,sneer ! I am sure you have seen open pit aggregate quarried – Dusty,noisy and ugly. Heavy trucks on decaying roads. And Blasting ? Within the confines of the park ? Great !

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