Ms. Nies brings a positive, “can-do” attitude to this race and has specific, actionable ideas on the table. Two examples of smart, creative solutions include her concept of a conservation commission of scientific professionals to advise Commissioners’ Court, and a 391 regional planning commission to empower the county in matters currently dominated by state agencies….
In the contest for Comal County Commissioner, Precinct 3, Colette Nies is challenging incumbent Kevin Webb. Over the past few months, Colette Nies has listened and learned more about the proposed 1,500-acre Vulcan quarry, opposition efforts to date and the decided lack of county involvement in the matter. Relevant issues such as land justice and preservation of natural resources have been her focus for many years and she recognizes the importance of protecting Comal County’s environment — especially the Edwards Aquifer, Comal Springs, and our area water quality and supply — from the over 25 local quarries, concrete plants, and other aggregate facilities…
Precinct 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston has a history of unresponsiveness when it comes to representing her constituents and Comal County citizens. During her years on Commissioners’ Court, countless emails and calls to her have gone unanswered. While she wrote a letter to TCEQ in 2017 requesting a public meeting and attended one meeting, talk is cheap (and so are letters). When it comes to meaningful actions related to the proposed Vulcan quarry, and other environmental health issues important to Comal County, Ms. Eccleston has done nothing….
This past weekend, my 9-year-old son and I enjoyed hiking Landa Park’s Panther Canyon Nature Trail, checking out Comal Springs, and floating the Comal River — being careful to keep our distance from others on the trail and river. While pausing to reflect at the springs (the largest in Texas and the southwestern United States), my son asked where the water was coming from….
Blasting, clouds of fine particulates, and over-taxed roads were all issues raised by the public Thursday, Oct. 1, during the final of three virtual town hall meetings hosted by state Rep. Terry Wilson on the subject of Aggregate Production Operations (APOs), a category that includes rock crushers, surface miners, concrete plants, and more. Wilson, the chair of the House Interim Study Committee on APOs, had in previous days invited industry professionals and community action groups to speak. Today, the public shared their stories and concerns….
…Environmental advocates point to a conflict between residents and a mining company in Comal County, northeast of San Antonio, as an example of how the changes have weakened public participation in industrial projects. In 2017, Alabama-based Vulcan Materials proposed building a 1,500-acre rock quarry between Bulverde and New Braunfels to extract and crush limestone. Residents quickly expressed concern over anticipated dust and heavy truck traffic and the possibility of groundwater contamination in the region, where rainfall refills the Edwards Aquifer….
Recently I flew from snowy Michigan to sunny Texas for a quick trip with my mom and sister. Our destination was my mom’s hometown of New Braunfels, a once-small town 35 miles northeast of San Antonio. I have a hundred childhood memories of trips to see my grandparents at their farm just outside of town. It was a beautiful piece of land, dotted with cows, twisty live oaks, and the occasional prickly pear cactus….
Comal County residents are suing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to stop the construction of a quarry they say will pollute the air with a lung-damaging contaminate. Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek filed a lawsuit in Travis County court on Monday to overturn TCEQ’s permit for a Vulcan Materials Co. rock-crushing facility. The facility will be a piece of a proposed limestone quarry, which Vulcan plans to place on a 1,500 acre site in the Hill Country between New Braunfels and Bulverde….
Quarry opponents are suing Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for its November 2019 decision to grant Vulcan Materials the air-quality permit it needs to develop a 1,500-acre limestone rock quarry and rock-crushing operation in central Comal County. Image courtesy of Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry….
Two local groups are suing the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality over its approval of a quarry’s permit following last year’s contentious hearing. Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek are fighting Vulcan Materials’ air-quality permit and filed an appeal in the Travis County District Court on Friday. The groups say the TCEQ allowed the June 2019 hearing with legal errors, exclusion of data and other missteps. The Commission refers to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for any contested evidentiary hearing concerning the plant’s potential effects on health, property and environment….
Citizen groups have sued to halt a proposed 1,500-acre limestone quarry in Comal County, saying the state of Texas should never have issued an air quality permit to the project. The plaintiffs — Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek — brought their suit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Friday in Travis County. They’re asking the state to re-evaluate the permit, saying the agency ignored important environmental data and made legal errors when it approved the quarry in November….
Groups opposing a proposed quarry owned by Vulcan Materials filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, according to David Drewa, Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry’s communication director. The TCEQ did not have a comment about the pending lawsuit, and Vulcan did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Errors in the legal process and unaccounted emission sources are among several grievances listed in the lawsuit….
Two citizen groups opposed to a proposed 1,500-acre limestone quarry in Comal County have sued the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality over the issuance of an air discharge permit. Vulcan Materials seeks to mine stone at the site of an old ranch at the corner of Texas 46 and FM 3009, northwest of New Braunfels. Local groups say the project, expected to last 80 years or more, will bring a host of problems, including contamination of the air and water, heavy truck traffic and ruined land values….
A coalition opposing Vulcan Materials’ Comal Quarry at the intersection of Hwy. 46 and FM 3009 intends to challenge an air-quality permit approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in November….
A local nonprofit fighting a quarry’s construction over the Edwards Aquifer will have its second auction event on March 21. The volunteer-run Stop3009 Vulcan Quarry organization began two years ago, and this year it has a growing list of auction items whose proceeds will go toward attorney fees and scientific research to fight Vulcan Materials Company’s quarry permit. The Bluebonnet Extravaganza Dinner and Auction will be in the Grande Ballroom in Milltown Historic District and is set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m….
The air quality permit for the Comal County Vulcan Quarry may have been officially granted, but local anti-quarry environmental groups aren’t backing down in their fight against the permit and quarry. Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek have filed a motion for rehearing their case in opposition to the permit requested by Vulcan Construction Materials, LLC. The permit was granted in November, making way for the construction of a 1,500-acre limestone-mining quarry and rock crushing plant at State Highway 46 and FM 3009….
As 2019 draws to a close, Preserve Our Hill Country Environment and Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry are so grateful to all our supporters and volunteers in the ongoing battle against the huge, 1500-acre quarry planned by Vulcan Construction Materials between New Braunfels and Bulverde. Over the past two years, with your help, our team has achieved many key accomplishments. Vulcan has not started construction or operation of the proposed quarry….
A new rock-crushing facility planned to be located on a 1,500-acre limestone quarry between Bulverde and New Braunfels was granted an air quality permit in November. In June 2017, Vulcan Construction Materials LLC submitted an air quality permit request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The request was granted Nov. 21, 2019 after a hearing in which commissioners heard arguments from landowners and residents that opposed the quarry. In response to the decision passed by the TCEQ, local groups Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek filed a motion Dec. 16 for a rehearing of their case. The case was filed by Frederick, Perales, Allmon & Rockwell, P.C., a law firm representing more than 100 individuals and associations opposing the quarry….
Groups opposed to the construction of a 1,500-acre limestone quarry in Comal County for Vulcan Materials have asked for a rehearing by the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Two state administrative judges ruled Vulcan had met its burden of proof to be issued an air discharge permit by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The commissioners granted the air permit in November….
Friends of Dry Comal Creek and Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry are challenging the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) November 20 decision to issue an air-quality permit for the proposed Vulcan Quarry. On Thursday, the community activist groups announced they have filed a motion for rehearing their case with the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). Joining in the appeal are citizen groups of 100 individuals and associations opposing the quarry….
In an effort to appease residents in the San Antonio area unhappy with the proliferation of limestone quarries, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality installed two new air quality monitors. An internet search shows the monitors in Bexar and Comal counties went into operation Friday and join about 20 other air quality monitors according to Google Maps….
A Comal County limestone quarry is one step closer to breaking ground after passing a major permitting hurdle Thursday. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved an air quality permit for a Vulcan Materials Co. rock-crushing facility that will sit on a 1,500-acre quarry between Bulverde and New Braunfels. The quarry will be used for mining limestone, a major component in construction materials….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung November 21, 2019 (Subscription required, full print version available: part 1, part 2)
Despite a large showing of protestors and a request for postponement from state Rep. Kyle Biedermann, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s commissioners approved the air quality permit for the proposed Vulcan quarry in Comal County Wednesday morning. The approval to grant the permit makes way for the construction of a 1,500-acre limestone-mining quarry and rock crushing plant, and follows the move for approval made by SOAH judges in September….
The proposed Comal County Vulcan quarry’s pending air permit will be the first item on the TCEQ Commissioners’ meeting this morning in Austin, and anti-quarry advocates are hoping to make a strong showing against final approval. The attorney representing Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and Friends of Dry Comal Creek will speak during a short allotted time before commissioners consider the proposed decision recommended in September by the State Office of Administrative Hearings administrative judges to approve the permit….
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has placed the controversial Vulcan Quarry on its Wednesday meeting agenda. TCEQ commissioners will consider a September 3 decision by the State Office of Administrative Hearing (SOAH) administrative law judges that Vulcan Materials has met its burden of proof and should be awarded the draft air quality permit it needs to proceed with its project in Comal County….
…When some Comal County residents learned two years ago that Vulcan Materials planned to mine for the next 80 years on a 1,500-acre tract stretching nearly 3 miles southwest of Texas 46 and FM 3009, between New Braunfels and Bulverde, they got busy trying to block its air quality permit for rock crushing equipment. They formed a group called Stop 3009 Vulcan Quarry and filed paperwork with the TCEQ to oppose the permit after Vulcan received tentative approval….
Comal County continues to provide new and exciting underground surprises. The proposal to convert 1500 acres of Hill Country land to an open-pit mine and limestone quarry, and the deluge of recent applications to discharge wastewater into pristine streams and creeks, has ignited interest in Comal County’s natural resources and unique environmental features. In June, local landowners discovered a brand-new chamber in Double Decker Cave on their property. Located in between the proposed Vulcan quarry site and Natural Bridge Caverns, Double Decker now measures over 1100 feet in length, with a depth of over 100 feet….
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….
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.…”
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….
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….
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….
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….”
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 12, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 11, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 9, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung May 16, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
Community Impact Newspaper April 30, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung April 14, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….”
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung March 24, 2019 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
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)….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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…..
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 14, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 11, 2018 (Subscription required)
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…
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung October 21, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung October 3, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung September 30, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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)….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung August 26, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung August 22, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung August 17, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung July 25, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung July 8, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung July 8, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung July 1, 2018 (Subscription required)
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)….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 24, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 24, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 20, 2018 (Subscription required, see related post)
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….’”
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung June 17, 2018 (Subscription required, see related post)
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….’”
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung May 6, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung April 20, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung March 25, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung March 24, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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)….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung March 23, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung March 1, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung February 28, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung February 25, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
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….
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung January 28, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung January 26, 2018 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung January 3, 2018 (Subscription required)
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. ….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 20, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 9, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 7, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung December 2, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung October 8, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….”
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….
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung August 18, 2017 (Subscription required)
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….