Two Proposed Projects Cause Concern for Residents of Comal County

San Antonio Business Journal
September 6, 2019

A controversial limestone quarry set to be built in Comal County moved closer to construction this week at the same time that county residents took on a proposed concrete batch plant in administrative court. On Tuesday, a pair of administrative law judges from the State Office of Administrative Hearings recommended that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality grant an air quality permit to Vulcan Materials Co. for the construction of a limestone crusher and quarry in Bulverde….

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Comal County Residents Fight Proposed Rock-Crushing Quarry

Spectrum News San Antonio
September 4, 2019

After a contested case hearing this past summer, Austin judges issued a recommendation to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to approve an air quality permit for a proposed rock-crushing Quarry that would be located in the Hill Country. The recommendation is a step in the right direction for Vulcan Materials, the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregate like crushed stone and gravel. Judges determined the company “met its burden of proof” and recommended TCEQ approve the draft permit. For residents in the area, it’s a crushing blow. “The fight is clearly not over, this is not a done deal yet,” David Drewa director of communications for Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry said. “We now go on to the next steps in the process and we’ll continue to fight to protect the natural resources of the Hill Country and to protect the health of our families.​…”

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Controversial 1,500-Acre Open-Pit Quarry One Step Closer to Reality

KSAT 12 TV San Antonio
September 4, 2019

The proposed 1,500-acre, open-pit limestone quarry pit project between Bulverde and New Braunfels is one step closer to becoming reality. State Office of Administrative Hearings judges Rebecca Smith and Victor Simonds announced their decision Tuesday to approve an air permit application for the Comal Vulcan Materials Quarry, according to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The permit, which Vulcan applied for in June 2017, has been highly contested by area residents. Residents in the area are concerned about air pollution, increased truck traffic, decreased property values, endangered water resources, and additional environmental impacts….

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Controversial Comal Quarry Clears Regulatory Hurdle

San Antonio Express-News
September 3, 2019

A 1,500-acre open pit limestone quarry that Vulcan Materials wants to operate in rural Comal County got the green light Tuesday from two judges in the State Office of Administrative Hearings. In ruling that the company had met its burden of proof to be issued an air discharge permit by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the judges delivered a crushing blow to local groups that oppose the quarry. “While this is certainly not the outcome we had hoped for in the contested case hearing, and we strongly disagree with their conclusion, the SOAH decision isn’t entirely unexpected, and this fight is far from over,” said David Drewa, a leader of the Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry group….

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Judges Clear Way for Vulcan Quarry Air Permit

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
September 3, 2019
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The proposed Comal County Vulcan Materials quarry looks like it will receive its air permit, moving the 1,500-acre limestone-mining quarry and rock crushing plant another step closer to reality. State Office of Administrative Hearings administrative office law judges Rebecca Smith and Victor Simonds concluded the weeks-long contested case hearing on the air permit application for the proposed Comal Vulcan Materials Quarry Tuesday, announcing the decision that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should approve and issue the air permit to build the quarry at Highway 46 and FM 3009….

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Proposed Quarry in Comal County Clears a Hurdle

KTSA 550 AM/107.1 FM Radio San Antonio
September 3, 2019

The proposed Vulcan Materials Quarry in Comal County is one step closer to becoming a reality. State Office of Administrative hearings judges are recommending approval of an air permit application, despite opposition from a couple of groups, Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek. The final decision on the air permit lies with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “This is one step in a long process,” said David Drewa, a spokesman for the opposing groups. “There are still opportunities to appeal this decision on the air quality permit….”

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Judge Rules Vulcan Quarry Should be Given Permit

WOAI News 4 TV San Antonio
September 3, 2019

A dispute pitting landowners against a proposed rock quarry was decided by a judge Tuesday. The judge here ruling against the citizens group in Comal County trying to stop the Vulcan Quarry. The group has been arguing for years that the quarry would be bad for their air quality. The judge today ruling the Texas Commission on Environment quality should give Vulcan permits. So now the citizens group is shifting its focus to the TCEQ, telling us the fight is far from over….

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Residents Fight to Protect Texas Hill Country from Hazardous Quarry

Public Citizen
August 21, 2019

Hundreds of citizens and groups in Comal County continue fighting against Vulcan Construction Materials’ proposed 1500-acre limestone quarry, located over the Edwards Aquifer between New Braunfels and Bulverde, just north-east of San Antonio….

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Vulcan, Anti-Quarry Groups Await Judge’s Decision

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
August 8, 2019

Within the next month, residents of Comal County will have an answer about a submitted air quality permit that would allow the building of a Vulcan Quarry. With both Vulcan Quarry and anti-quarry groups having submitted closing arguments in their State Office of Administrative Hearings case, SOAH Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith has a little less than a month to render a decision on the permit submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality….

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Neighbors Fight Proposed Quarry North of San Antonio

WOAI News 4 TV San Antonio
June 20, 2019

Homeowners are taking on a multi-billion dollar company that plans to build a large quarry just north of San Antonio. The Trouble Shooters find out why they say the government isn’t doing enough to help. “This was my dream home,” neighbor Milann Guckian says. She saved money for 20 years, and no sooner did the home get built and she retired there that a letter came in the mail saying three miles of ranchland across the street had been sold to Vulcan Materials Company….

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Comal County Residents Fight Proposed Rock-Crushing Quarry

Spectrum News San Antonio
June 20, 2019

The nation’s largest producer of construction aggregate like crushed stone and gravel, Vulcan Materials, is planning to build its next rock-crushing quarry in Comal County. Milann Guckian lives nestled in the Hill Country and was planning on taking it easy after retirement, living across from a working ranch. “I was going to be surrounded by cows and my best friend Lizzie. I was a happy camper when we retired,” said Guckian. But Guckian said that’s no longer the case….

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Dust Left Unsettled in Controversial Quarry’s Case Hearing

Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter
June 18, 2019

The contested case hearing against Vulcan Materials Company concluded last Tuesday, June 11. The hearing allowed for residents of Comal County, along with organizations like Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek, to show their opposition of the proposed site for a new rock quarry, and make their cases for why the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should not approve Vulcan’s permit. In addition to the risk of severe health effects from the dust from quarry operations, the site would threaten endangered species and the Edward’s Aquifer….

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Vulcan Hearing Wraps Early

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 12, 2019
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The public portion of the contested case hearing on the proposed Comal Vulcan Materials quarry concluded Tuesday, a day ahead of schedule. Closing arguments will be written, and opponents will have a chance to submit a written response to the other side’s arguments within the next few weeks, which will formally conclude the hearing. State Office of Administrative Hearings administrative office law judge Rebecca Smith will have until Sept. 3 to render a decision on what actions the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should take on the air permit application to build a 1,500-acre limestone-mining quarry and rock crushing plant at Highway 46 and FM 3009….

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Contested Case Hearing Underway for Controversial New Quarry Site

Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter
June 11, 2019

Residents of Comal County and other surrounding areas are fighting for their health and the environment as the contested case hearing for 3009 Vulcan Quarry is underway. The hearing is to determine whether the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) should grant, deny, or alter Vulcan Materials Company’s air quality permit application. Vulcan, the Alabama-based aggregate mining and production company, is hoping to inflate their portfolio of quarries in Texas by 1,500 acres of pristine Hill Country in order to mine, quarry, and crush limestone. The proposed site is situated between Bulverde and New Braunfels on FM 3009….

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Long Anticipated Vulcan Hearing Begins in Austin

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 11, 2019
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The contested case hearing on the proposed Comal Vulcan quarry kicked off Monday morning in Austin with opening statements and arguments. In what many anti-quarry protesters deemed a small victory, administrative law judge Rebecca Smith from the State Office of Administrative Hearings allowed last minute evidence by anti-quarry Harrison Ranch Group to be submitted for review in the hearing….

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Quarry Battle Moves to Austin June 10

myCanyonLake.com
June 9, 2019

The battle to prevent Vulcan Materials Company from turning the old Eric White ranch near FM 3009 and SH-46 into a 1,500-acre limestone rock quarry and crushing plant continues at 9 a.m. tomorrow, June 10, at the William P. Clements Office Building, fourth floor, 300 West 15th St., Austin. State Office of Administrative Hearings Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith will hear expert testimony and legal arguments for and against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) air-quality permit needed to greenlight Vulcan’s project….

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Vulcan Quarry Hearing to Start Monday

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 9, 2019
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The contested case hearing to determine what action the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality should take on the air quality permit application to build a quarry between Bulverde and New Braunfels kicks off Monday morning. The hearing is the next step in the legal battle over the construction of a proposed 1,500-acre limestone-mining quarry and rock crushing plant that would be located at Highway 46 and FM 3009. The hearing is set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A ruling decision will not have to be made by a judge from the State Office of Administrative Hearings until Sept. 3….

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No Delay in Hearing on Quarry Plan

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
May 16, 2019
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After an administrative judge at the State Office of Administrative Hearings denied a motion Tuesday to compel Vulcan Materials Company to disclose additional information to opponents, a contested case hearing will proceed in June as regularly scheduled. The hearing is the next step in legal battle over the construction of a proposed 1,500-acre quarry that would be built between New Braunfels and Bulverde. Earlier this month, a motion was filed by attorneys for the Friends of Dry Comal Creek and Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry in ongoing legal proceedings to compel Alabama-based Vulcan to disclose additional core sample data….

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Quarry Opponents File for Continuance

myCanyonLake.com
May 7, 2019

Community activists fighting development of a proposed rock quarry at Highway 46 and FM 3009 say Vulcan Materials is ignoring their request to hand over critical information they need to prepare for a June 10-12 trial that will determine the fate of the controversial project. On May 3, Friends of Dry Comal Creek and Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry filed a motion to compel the aggregate producer to provide core sample data about the silica concentration of the limestone it plans to mine on the 1,500-acre property in the heart of a residential area between Bulverde and New Braunfels….

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Residents Spoke at Final Hearing Before Fate of Project is Decided

Community Impact Newspaper
April 30, 2019
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The six-month-long contested case proceeding regarding an air quality permit for Vulcan Construction Materials began March 6 at the Comal County Courthouse. Approximately 200 area residents gathered in the courtroom to protest the permit for a quarry and rock-crusher to be built along State Highway 46 and FM 3009. After two public comment periods in 2017 and 2018, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) turned the case over to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) which will conduct the proceedings….

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Biedermann’s Quarry Bill Heads to Committee

myCanyonLake.com
April 16, 2019

A quarry bill introduced by Canyon Lake’s State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-73) goes before the Texas House’s Environmental Regulation Committee on Wednesday, and community and environmental activists who oppose the development of a rock quarry in central Comal County plan on testifying in favor of the measure. H.B. 3798 would require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to perform an aggregate production-operation (APO) air-quality study that would force the agency to validate its air models based on real-time data and to confirm whether aggregate-production operations like the proposed Vulcan Quarry would negatively impact public health….

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Biedermann’s Quarry Bill Undergoes Hearings

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
April 14, 2019
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District 73 State Rep. Kyle Biedermann’s bill that would tighten regulatory authority over the state’s rock-crushing aggregate facilities held a public hearing before a House committee on Monday. “Yesterday, I laid out one of my quarry bills, HB 2871, in the Energy Resources Committee,” said Biedermann, R-Fredericksburg. “It would (shift) oversight of the permitting process of rock quarries from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Texas Railroad Commission. This bill is common-sense legislation and will provide long-term protections for private property owners living near rock quarries, as well more effective oversight of the industry by the Railroad Commission….”

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A Better View of Vulcan’s Quarry Locations

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 24, 2019
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I read with interest the March 6 article, ‘Vulcan Commits to Comal,’ about Vulcan’s commitment to the needs of Comal County. It did leave me wondering, though, why Vulcan felt the need of an artist’s rendering of the aesthetically pleasing nature of the proposed operation when they could simply have illustrated it with their existing quarries….

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Biedermann Introduces Two Quarry Bills

myCanyonLake.com
March 19, 2019

Two bills introduced to the Texas legislature earlier this month by Canyon Lake’s House Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R-73) could strengthen the state’s regulatory authority over mining operations like Vulcan Materials’ proposed rock quarry at Highway 46 and FM 3009. One of the bills might even halt development of the controversial 1500-acre open-pit limestone quarry in a high-density residential area of central Comal County, between Bulverde, Spring Branch, Garden Ridge, and New Braunfels….

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Residents, Vulcan Materials Bicker Over Proposed Comal County Quarry

News Radio 1200 WOAI
March 12, 2019

Vulcan Materials Corporation has received a draft air permit for its proposed rock crushing plant in Comal County, but opponents of the facility say the fight has just begun, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. The permit indicates that the Texas Commission on Envrionmental Quality is convinced that the plant will meet all specified air quality standards. The next step is a public hearing before a hearing examiner, which is expected to take place this summer….

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Local Group Trying to Stop Vulcan Projects

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 12, 2019
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The Texas Hill Country boasts a wealth of environmental, cultural, and economic resources within its 18,000 square miles. Defined by unique geologic features, vistas and bluffs, canyons and caves, valleys and streams, plants and animals, it presents an ideal setting for habitation and recreation by those who enjoy nature. Unfortunately, our beautiful Hill Country and natural resources are endangered by the aggressive expansion of mining corporations purchasing agricultural land to take advantage of the extremely profitable demand for cement, gravel, asphalt, and other aggregate products. The aggregate industry and their shell companies now own over 25,000 acres in Comal County (seven percent of the entire county land area)….

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SOAH Judge Rules in Favor of Quarry Opponents

myCanyonLake.com
March 8, 2019

An extremely vocal coalition of area ranchers, business people, ex-military personnel and retired professionals convinced Administrative Law Judge Rebecca Smith to grant them “affected-party” status at a March 6 hearing to determine who has the right to challenge a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) air permit that would allow Vulcan Construction Materials to turn the old Eric White Ranch near FM 3009 and SH-46 into a 1,500-acre open-pit limestone quarry….

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Hundreds Arrive for Vulcan Quarry Permit Hearing in Comal County

WOAI News 4 TV San Antonio
March 6, 2019

Residents fighting back against a rock crushing plant that they say will have an immediate impact on their lives. Right now, the air is clean, the roads are smooth and there’s not much noise, but the people here fear that could all change with the opening of a 1,500-acre quarry….

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Packed House for Vulcan Quarry Permit Hearing

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
March 6, 2019
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The Comal County Courthouse had a full house Wednesday morning for the SOAH preliminary hearing for the proposed Vulcan quarry permit. People who were not named an affected party were hoping for their last chance to be named such at the preliminary hearing for the upcoming contested case hearing. When all was said and done, about 80 households, or about 200 people, were added to the affected persons list….

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Is Comal County at a “Point of Deciding?”

myCanyonLake.com
March 5, 2019

The fight over Vulcan Quarry isn’t just about aggregate. Elected officials say it’s also about property rights and local control. Activists say it’s about quality of life and determining whether Comal County wants to be a tourist destination or a quarry county….

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Quarry Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday

myCanyonLake.com
March 5, 2019

Property owners and other stakeholders trying to keep Vulcan Construction Materials from developing a 1,500-acre open-pit limestone quarry at FM 3009 and SH 46 are expected to pack Comal County Commissioners Courtroom 9 a.m. Wednesday for a preliminary administrative hearing to determine who has the legal right to challenge the air quality permit Vulcan needs to proceed…..

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Senate Bill 694 Doesn’t Go Far Enough

San Antonio Express-News
February 25, 2019

State Sen. Donna Campbell is touting her latest piece of legislation, supposedly aimed at tightening restrictions on aggregate production operations (e.g., quarries, cement batch plants, etc.) Careful reading suggests Senate Bill 694 is nothing more than an attempt to not alienate the industry….

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Quarry Foes Prepare for March Hearing

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
February 2, 2019
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Opponents to a permit for a proposed limestone quarry in Comal County will have a chance to plead their case in March. A date has been set for a preliminary hearing to a contested case hearing on Vulcan Construction Materials, LLC’s controversial air quality permit for a proposed limestone quarry. Set for Wednesday, March 6 at 9 a.m. in the main courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse, the preliminary hearing by the State Office of Administrative Hearings will be a chance for people or groups to request to be named an affected party….

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Vulcan Permit Remains on Hold: TCEQ Decides to Grant Contested Hearing Requests

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 14, 2018
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A decision on the air quality permit for Vulcan Construction Materials LLC’s proposed limestone quarry has been further postponed, pending decisions made by an administrative judge on almost 20 issues. During a meeting Wednesday morning, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality decided to grant requests for a contested hearing on an application by Vulcan for an air quality permit to authorize operating a rock crusher in Bulverde….

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TCEQ Calls for Review of Quarry Air Permit

myCanyonLake.com
December 14, 2018

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) had good news and bad news Dec. 12 for property owners and other stakeholders trying to stop construction of Vulcan Construction Materials’ proposed 1,500-acre open-pit limestone quarry at FM 3009 and SH-46. At their monthly meeting in Austin, commissioners denied “affected party” status to the majority of individuals and groups seeking a contested-case hearing (CCH) before an administrative judge — including Comal ISD; Comal County Commissioners Donna Eccleston, Pct. 1 and Scott Haag, Pct. 2; and the cities of Bulverde and New Braunfels….

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TCEQ Grants Hearing on Vulcan Quarry Project

San Antonio Express-News
December 12, 2018

As expected, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Wednesday granted numerous requests for a contested hearing on an application by Vulcan Construction Materials for an air permit to operate a limestone quarry in Comal County. If approved, the project would be developed on a 1,500-acre site at the intersection of Texas 46 and FM 3009. It could be operational for 80 years….

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TCEQ Commissioners to Consider Controversial Comal County Quarry Application

San Antonio Express-News
December 11, 2018

A controversial plan by Vulcan Materials to mine limestone on a 1,500-acre site near the busy intersection of Texas 46 and FM 3009 in Comal County will go before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Wednesday. Although the commissioners could rule on Vulcan’s pending air permit application, they are more likely to designate it for a contested hearing and send the matter to an administrative law judge, as requested by numerous parties….

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Quarry Permit Decision Looms: Opposition Group Still Hopes to Stop Vulcan from Coming to County

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
December 11, 2018
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A decision on the controversial Vulcan quarry air-quality permit could be made this week. Members of the Friends of Dry Comal Creek still are hoping to put a stop to the proposed Vulcan Materials limestone quarry that would be located in Comal County near Highway 46 and Farm-to-Market 3009 and are showing their unification against it by going to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality headquarters on Wednesday to oppose the approval of the air-quality permit…

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Kling Would Be Better for Senate District 25

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 28, 2018
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I am encouraged by Senator Donna Campbell’s recent interest in protecting Hill Country residents and natural resources from the freewheeling aggregate industry. But I must give greater weight to the actions she has taken while representing District 25….

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Biedermann Has Fought for Cause

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 28, 2018
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Since Vulcan Materials filed the application for its proposed Comal County quarry, Representative Kyle Biedermann has worked to stay informed, meet with concerned citizens and learn more about the aggregate-related problems that face many Texas counties….

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Time for a Change in Precinct 2

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 28, 2018
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Comal County commissioners continue to fail to support Comal County citizens when it comes to problems created by quarries and other aggregate plants….

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True Leadership in Short Supply

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 21, 2018
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The proposed construction of the Vulcan quarry in Comal County has pitted the interests of a multi-million dollar corporation against those of county residents concerned with environmental impacts that threaten the health of their families, the value of their properties and very qualities that make the Hill Country such an incredible place to live….

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Quarry Requires Stricter Oversight

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
October 3, 2018
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There is no place quite like our Texas Hill Country. From the wildlife to the rivers to the rolling acres of giant oak trees, the Texas Hill Country has it all. Few of us can claim to be the first to discover its charm, but we moved here as fast as we could….

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TCEQ to Talk Concrete Batch Plant

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
September 30, 2018
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is conducting a public meeting on Monday to discuss the air quality permit application filed by Tex-Mix Partners to establish a concrete batch plant in Spring Branch. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Bulverde Party House in Bulverde, Texas. The meeting will consist of two parts, according to a TCEQ press release–an informal discussion period, and a formal comment period….

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TCEQ Rules in Favor of Quarry Permit

myCanyonLake.com

September 28, 2018

Residents who oppose Vulcan Materials’ proposed 1,500-acre open-pit limestone quarry at FM 3009 and SH-46 have until Oct. 15 to submit their requests to be named affected parties eligible to protest the project at contested-case hearings (CCH) before Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)….

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Residents Discuss Upcoming Quarry Hearing Process

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
August 26, 2018
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Concerned residents gathered at the Bulverde Spring Branch Activity Center Thursday night to learn about an upcoming process to voice their concerns about a planned Vulcan Materials Company Comal aggregate mining quarry. Members of the Friends of the Dry Comal Creek outlined the steps in a civil proceeding called a contested case hearing, in which individuals can claim to be an “affected party,” or someone with a personal right affected by the application….

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Vulcan Quarry Battle Heats Up

myCanyonLake.com

August 24, 2018

It’s been a long, hot summer for community and environmental activists fighting to keep Vulcan Materials Company from opening a 1,500-acre rock-crushing plant at the corner of SH 46 and FM 3009. They’re waiting for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to issue a response to comments (RTC) made at a February 27 public hearing about Vulcan Quarry Permit #147392L001 and, for the agency to decide whether or not to approve it….

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Quarry Opponents Prepare for Expected Hearing Process

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
August 22, 2018
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Members of the Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry organization anticipate drawing a crowd to their Thursday night meeting to discuss the planned Vulcan Materials Company planned Comal Quarry. The meeting is informational, Vulcan opponent Sabrina Houser-Amaya said. Members of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry, also know as the Friends of the Dry Comal Creek, plan to discuss the legal proceeding, or contested case hearing, people can use to express their concerns with the proposed mining operation….

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Quarry Opponents Set Date to Plan for Contested Case Hearing

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
August 17, 2018
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Opponents of the Vulcan Materials Company proposed quarry in Comal County plan to host a public forum Aug. 23 in preparation for the beginning of an expected contested case hearing process. The meeting comes toward the end of a period in which quarry opponents await the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s responses to their comments following a Feb. 27 meeting….

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Welcome to the New “Picturesque” Gateway to the Texas Hill Country

Texas Non Profits
August 13, 2018

Imagine this: you are on an outing to enjoy a weekend on Canyon Lake or canoe the Guadalupe River. Your journey takes you on Texas Highway 46 or FM 3009. In route to your scenic destination, you encounter numerous heavy trucks emitting pollutants and bellows of fugitive dust. Then you pass a huge, unsightly hole in the ground with massive equipment making unbearable noise and spewing carcinogenic dust into the air. The peace, serenity, tranquility and beauty you came to enjoy will be gone….

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State Needs to Give Power to Local Officials

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
July 25, 2018
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It only makes sense, at least speaking in generic terms, that local entities and officials should have a say in issues having a local impact. Yes, that’s a very broad statement that needs plenty of definition, so we’ll try to give it some….

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The Texas Aggregate Industry Is Crushing Hill Country Dreams

TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas
July 23, 2018

The Texas Hill Country is 18,000 square miles of natural wonders, economic resources, and a cherished way of life. In this unique place, the boom of construction and growth is sweeping in. In fact, Comal County is now the second fastest growing county in the United States. Unfortunately, the Hill Country’s natural resources and beauty are endangered by the aggressive aggregate industry seeking air quality permits for quarries and cement plants throughout the region….

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Comal ISD Joins in on Vulcan Quarry Opposition with a Unanimous Resolution

Community Impact Newspaper
July 10, 2018

In a 7-0 vote at Comal ISD’s June 26 meeting, the school board passed a resolution opposing the construction of Vulcan Quarry, a rock-crushing plant that is being planned near a rapidly growing residential area at Highway 46 and FM 3009 in New Braunfels….

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Vulcan Quarry Needs More Research

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
July 8, 2018
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I was at once highly interested and highly disappointed when I read the letters from Toni Lott and Michael Zimmerman in Sunday’s paper regarding Vulcan’s quarry plans. Everyone who lives in the Herald-Zeitung’s circulation area should be as interested as I in the plans for an industrial operation that will disrupt the life and environment in the scenic ranch land west of New Braunfels….

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Quarry Opponents Await Next Step from TCEQ

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
July 8, 2018
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Comal County residents who attended a February 27 Texas Commission on Environmental Quality meeting are still awaiting responses to submitted comments concerning the proposed Vulcan Materials Company Comal Quarry. The facility, planned for the corner of Farm-to-Market 3009 and Highway 46, has received public pushback since last summer, when Vulcan’s plans for the site were announced….

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Vulcan Has a Bad “Driving Record”

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
July 1, 2018
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I am responding to Mr. Bryant’s letter to the editor dated June 10, 2018, about Vulcan’s compliance history within the TCEQ. First of all, understand that Vulcan self-audits. They are allowed to do so under the Texas Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act (Audit Act)….

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Comal ISD to Seek More Information on Planned Vulcan Quarry on FM 3009

KTSA 550 AM/107.1 FM Radio San Antonio
June 28, 2018
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The Comal ISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a resolution to file for a contested case hearing regarding a proposed Vulcan Quarry off of FM 3009….

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Vulcan Spreading Misinformation

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 24, 2018
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Vulcan is spreading misinformation about its compliance record to the public, not the other way around. Vulcan’s word “cited” refers to violations that were caught during a TCEQ complaint investigation. In Texas, these companies are allowed to police themselves and rarely inspected….

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Vulcan Is Not a Good Neighbor

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 24, 2018
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The recent article citing Brett Bryant, general manager and vice president of Vulcan Materials, is both laughable and sad. Mr. Bryant states “facts” in his article of the “wonderful” things Vulcan has accomplished….

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Vulcan Spokesman Opposes Bulverde City Council Resolution

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 20, 2018
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Mayor Bill Krawietz said the Bulverde City Council’s recent resolution opposing a planned Vulcan Materials Company Comal quarry reflected the desires of surrounding residents. The resolution, passed during last week’s city council meeting, requests “a contested case hearing on air permit number 147392L001,” one in which the City of Bulverde would be considered “an ‘affected party….’”

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Bulverde City Council Opposes Proposed Vulcan Quarry

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 17, 2018
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The Bulverde City Council unanimously this past week passed a resolution expressing opposition to the proposed Vulcan Materials Company Comal Quarry on Farm-to-Market 3009 and Highway 46. In addition to stating the city council’s opposition, it also directed the Bulverde city manager to “request a contested case hearing on air permit number 147392L001 (and) request that the City of Bulverde be considered an ‘affected person….’”

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Biedermann Talks to TCEQ

myCanyonLake.com
June 13, 2018

Texas State Rep. Kyle Biedermann, R-Dist. 73, announced in a statement this week that he met with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) officials in Austin on Monday to discuss the proposed Vulcan quarry, which has sparked outrage with his constituents in Comal County. Discussions focused on modifying and improving TCEQ’s air- and wastewater-permitting process, planning and execution of “remedies” during drought conditions, and TCEQ’s enforcement policy on water supply systems, he said….

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There Is a Tool for Quarry Fight

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
June 10, 2018
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On March 22, Commissioners Court failed to take meaningful action to support constituents concerned about the proposed Vulcan quarry. Instead, commissioners settled for passing the buck. Commissioners complained about their lack of authority, insisted their hands were tied, and seemingly ignored 30 minutes of pleas from citizens to draft an effective resolution requesting a contested case hearing as an affected party….

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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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