LOWELL, Ark. (KNWA) — Lowell community members expressed concern Wednesday about the possibility of a blasting site near homes.
The Cross Hollow Quarry near Old Wire Road outside of Lowell has operated as a red dirt mine for decades, but a new proposal calls to change it to a limestone quarry.
It calls to split the land into parcels and mine each one for five years.
The whole operation would span the next 50 years.
Several community members at the Lowell Planning Commission meeting were adamantly opposed to this plan.
“Is going to disrupt local wildlife, it will disrupt the local residents, and it could also cause problems with the people in the area who live off of well water. It could cause their wells to sink,” said Jade Edster, who is concerned about the blasting proposal.
Alexa Heung is also concerned about the blasting proposal.
“The idea of any water being compromised in that area, be it well water or this pristine spring, saddens me,” Heung said.
Under the proposal, blasting would only happen once a month and would comply with state law.
No explosion materials would be stored on the site, but would be provided as needed.