Quarry Opponents to Host Fundraiser

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
May 6, 2018
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The Friends of the Dry Comal Creek will host a fundraising night at Willie’s Grill and Icehouse in Town Center Creekside Wednesday night to raise funds toward fighting Vulcan Materials Company’s planned aggregate limestone Comal Quarry. Diners between 4 and 10 p.m. on May 9 can choose to send 15 percent of their total ticket, excluding tax and gratuity, to the non-profit group….

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Quarry Opponents Hold Fundraising Garage Sale

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
April 20, 2018
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The Friends of the Dry Comal Creek is holding a garage sale Saturday to raise funds for the citizen-led group’s continued efforts to oppose a Vulcan Materials Company aggregate mining quarry planned in Comal County. Sabrina Houser-Amaya, with the Friends of the Dry Comal Creek, said money collected during the sale will help the group fund their opposition of the planned Comal quarry, to be located on the corner of Farm-to-Market 3009 and State Highway 46….

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Hill Country Groups Wanting More Local Land-Use Control

Community Impact Newspaper
April 18, 2018

As the second fastest-growing county in the country according to U.S. Census Bureau data, Comal County, like others in the Hill Country, is coming face to face with industries that want to set up shop on land that is becoming more and more precious….

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Quarry Opposition Calls on Local, State Support

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 25, 2018
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Since news of a planned Vulcan Materials Company aggregate mining quarry in Comal County reached public attention, citizen-led group Friends of the Dry Comal Creek has requested support from multiple public office holders in their opposition of the quarry. Most recently, Comal County Commissioners Court approved a resolution requesting the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) thoroughly review an air quality permit for a proposed Vulcan Materials Company aggregate mining quarry located in the county….

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Residents Say More Effort Needed in Quarry Fight

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 24, 2018
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A resolution passed by Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday urged the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to fully review an air quality permit submitted by Vulcan Materials Company for a portable crushing facility at a proposed Comal County quarry. But that action did not go far enough for members of the Friends of the Dry Comal Creek, a citizen-led group opposing the construction of the quarry, to be located on Farm-to-Market 3009 and Highway 46….

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Commissioners Pass Quarry Resolution

myCanyonLake.com
March 23, 2018

Comal County commissioners said they don’t support Vulcan quarry—and Jen Crownover, Commissioner Precinct #4, even described the situation as “heartbreaking”—but passed anyway on March 22 a resolution that opponents said does not send any kind of a meaningful message to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)….

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Residents Disappointed with County’s Quarry Resolution

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 23, 2018
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Dozens of residents opposed to Vulcan Materials’ proposed rock crushing plant at the intersection of State Highway 46 and Farm-to-Market Road 3009 came away disappointed after Comal County Commissioners passed a resolution that fell short of their expectations. Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved the non-binding measure that requests the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality makes sure the facility will ensure the health and safety of citizens and preserve water quality in the area….

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Comal County Resolution on Quarry Decried as Too Little, Too Late

San Antonio Express-News
March 22, 2018

NEW BRAUNFELS—Comal County commissioners’ adoption Thursday of a resolution expressing concerns about a rock quarry proposed by Vulcan Materials west of town was decried as too little, too late by opponents of the project….

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County Needs to Request Contested Case Hearing

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 22, 2018
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I’m encouraged to hear the recent news that Comal County Commissioner Scott Haag plans to put forth a resolution opposing the proposed Comal County Vulcan quarry at the March 22 meeting of Commissioners Court. A properly written resolution should request a contested case hearing on TCEQ air quality permit application number 147392L001, and remind TCEQ that they are required to “give maximum consideration to local government’s recommendations” as specified in Section 382.112 of the Texas Health and Safety Code….

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Commissioners Weigh in on Quarry

myCanyonLake.com
March 20, 2018

Comal County commissioners will finally weigh in on the controversial Vulcan Quarry project at their weekly meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22 at Comal County Courthouse, 100 Main Plaza, New Braunfels….

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Vulcan Faces Fight over Projects in Comal and Kendall Counties

San Antonio Express-News
March 4, 2018

NEW BRAUNFELS—Constructing roads, homes and bridges requires rock and concrete, so it’s understandable that Vulcan Materials wants to set up shop in the fast-growing Hill Country, where rolling ranchlands are quickly being developed into new subdivisions. But Vulcan, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, is facing stiff resistance to plans to establish a limestone quarry on Texas 46 here in Comal County and a concrete batch plant on the same road to the west in Kendall County….

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Nearby Residents Turnout To Oppose Proposed Comal County Rock Quarry

Texas Public Radio
March 2, 2018

A proposed limestone rock quarry in Comal County worries some residents who live near the site. They discussed their fear the quarry could compromise air and water quality and heavy trucks could damage roads during a public comment meeting Tuesday night at the New Braunfels convention center, which attracted over 400 people….

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500 Community Members Attend Vulcan Meeting

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 1, 2018
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About 75 people spoke at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) public meeting on Tuesday night to voice concerns about a planned aggregate mining quarry outside Bulverde. The ballroom at the civic/convention center was packed full of more than 500 community members who came to speak to representatives from both TCEQ and Vulcan Materials Company, the company planning to build the quarry….

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Biedermann Will Help with Quarry Fight

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
February 28, 2018
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Representative Kyle Biedermann is a breath of fresh air in the fight against the proposed Vulcan Materials quarry stretching south of Highway 46 and FM 3009 in Comal County. He and his staff have been very accessible to concerned constituents, and have taken a lot of time to meet with them on numerous occasions….

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Comal County Residents Fighting Proposed Limestone Quarry

Spectrum News San Antonio
February 27, 2018

COMAL COUNTY—Opposition to a proposed limestone quarry in Comal County is rallying in hopes the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality won’t issue the Alabama-based company a permit. Milann Guckian bought land in Comal County twenty years ago and was waiting for the perfect time to build her dream house. It’s now a dream come true but she fears it won’t last long if Vulcan Materials Company has their way….

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Residents Cite Health Reasons, Increased Traffic in Opposition to Proposed Quarry in Comal County

KSAT 12 TV San Antonio
February 27, 2018

NEW BRAUNFELS—One of the latest rock quarry proposals is awaiting final approval by the state’s environmental agency, and opponents say they will be at a public hearing in New Braunfels on Tuesday night to make sure their voices are heard. Some said they were living near the proposed site long before Vulcan Materials wanted a rock quarry….

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Groups Plan to Speak Out Against Proposed Quarry

KTSA 550 AM/107.1 FM Radio San Antonio
February 27, 2018

Some Comal County homeowners oppose plans for a Vulcan Materials quarry and they plan to let the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality know it. Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry is just one of the groups that will attend a TCEQ meeting tonight in New Braunfels….

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Pushback from Public Prompted Upcoming Quarry Input Meeting

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
February 25, 2018
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Public health and safety concerns are expected comment subjects at the upcoming Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) public input meeting regarding a planned Comal County Vulcan Materials quarry on Tuesday night. The meeting will provide residents the opportunity to voice feedback to attending TCEQ and Vulcan Materials representatives about the aggregate mining quarry, planned for the corner of Farm-to-Market 3009 and Highway 46….

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Neighbors Fight Proposed Rock Quarry

WOAI News 4 TV San Antonio
January 30, 2018

SAN ANTONIO—A battle is brewing over proposed plans to put a limestone quarry along Highway 46 in Comal County….The project targets 1500 acres of land along Highway 46 and FM 3009 an area that calls for additional requirements to protect the Edwards Aquifer….

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Comal County Neighbors Fight Proposed Rock Quarry

Fox 29 TV San Antonio
January 30, 2018

SAN ANTONIO—A battle is brewing over proposed plans to put a limestone quarry along Highway 46 in Comal County. Vulcan Materials Company has filed permit requests, meanwhile neighbors have organized a grassroots effort that’s giving the company some resistance….

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Vulcan Quarry Meeting Planned

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
January 28, 2018
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After significant public outcry against a Vulcan Materials Company quarry planned in Comal County, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has issued notice for a public meeting to gather feedback from area residents. Scheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, the meeting came about because of significant comments and requests for hearing—at least 130 of each received by the TCEQ….

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TCEQ Sets Public Meeting on Vulcan’s Comal Quarry

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
January 26, 2018
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has announced a public meeting for residents to voice their opinions on a planned Vulcan Materials Company Comal County quarry. The meeting, planned for Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, will give individuals worried about potential adverse effects of the quarry’s operations the opportunity to voice their concerns….

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Vulcan Quarry Looks to be Inevitable

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
January 3, 2018
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We’ll go out on limb and say that even individuals who start and operate a quarry would not want one in their own backyard. You’ve likely seen the signs and read the material produced by the opposition. While the quarry people promise safety, and to mitigate negative impact they kick up more dust and make more noise than, say, a park. ….

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Vulcan Quarry Authority Rests with State Officials

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 20, 2017
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Any effects of the planned Vulcan Materials Company Comal quarry would be of immediate concern to area residents. But City of New Braunfels and Comal County officials said that state-level officials are the ones who have regulatory authority….

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Impacts of Quarry Examined

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 9, 2017
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The Friends of the Dry Comal Creek held a public information meeting about possible effects of a planned Vulcan Materials quarry on Thursday night at Bulverde Activity Center. This presentation was intended as preparation for a yet unscheduled Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) public input meeting to be held next year. This upcoming meeting will gather comment on passage of the air quality permit Vulcan requires to proceed in development of the Comal quarry….

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Friends of Dry Comal Creek to Hold Public Meeting December 7

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 7, 2017
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The Friends of the Dry Comal Creek will hold a public meeting on Dec. 7 to provide an overview of potential environmental hazards from a planned Vulcan Comal quarry. This session is held in preparation for a not-yet-scheduled public input meeting hosted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to gain resident feedback on the Vulcan quarry. Though currently unscheduled, the TCEQ-hosted meeting will take place prior to potential approval of an air quality permit requested by Vulcan Materials Company. The TCEQ announced it would hold a public meeting after significant outcry from residents when news of the Vulcan Comal quarry gained attention in July….

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Comal Quarry Would Be Vulcan’s Seventh in Area

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 2, 2017
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The Comal County aggregate mining quarry planned at Highway 46 and FM 3009 would be Vulcan Materials Company’s seventh in the Hill Country. Still in the early stages of development, Vulcan has applied for an air quality permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) before construction can begin….

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Quarry Opponents Prepare for Battle

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 8, 2017
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BULVERDE—Milann Guckian compares herself to Erin Brockovich, or as a David fighting an uphill battle against a Goliath. “I’m not happy,” said Guckian, one of several residents opposed to Vulcan Construction Materials’ proposed rock-crushing plant at the corner of Highway 46 and Farm-to-Market Road 3009. “I’m going to fight this thing—and I’m going to be a pain in their butt….”

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Quarry Plan Surprises, Riles Comal County Residents

San Antonio Express-News
October 6, 2017

BULVERDE—Area residents are raising numerous health and safety concerns about a rock quarry proposed for a tract of ranchland surrounded by residential subdivisions off Texas 46 in the Hill Country. “We are not against development. We want it done in a safe process,” Sabrina Houser-Amaya said at a community meeting here Thursday night that drew nearly 200 people, including several Comal County officials….

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Quarry Opponents Seek County Support

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
August 18, 2017
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Opponents of a proposed limestone quarry west of New Braunfels urged Comal County officials to support their cause during Thursday morning’s Commissioners Court meeting. Sabrina Houser and Ed Harris addressed commissioners during public commentary, urging them to join a growing number of area residents against Vulcan Construction Materials’ establishing a quarry near the corner of State Highway 46 and Farm-to-Market Road 3009….

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