Company Pursuing Plans For Open Pit Mine In Craven-Beaufort County

Marietta Mines is pursuing building an open pit limestone mine planned for the Blount's Creek area on the Craven-Beaufort County line.

The state division of water quality is now requesting the company offer an "expanded" analysis of alternatives to their plan, according to the Washington Daily News.

Beaufort County officials say the Marietta Mines plan would lead to 9 million gallons of water being discharged daily, which would impact four of the county's water wells, and the 9,000 people they serve.


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  • by resident of the pamlico Location: core point on Feb 27, 2012 at 02:34 AM
    marietta mines,please keep us informed on your new ''ERPANDED''analysis of alternatives to your new plan,we are weighing too here from you. show both plans so we can compare them with you. keep up the good work,and we are looking forward too work with you . we the people...
  • by rusty Location: aurora on Feb 22, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    hire a company to work on the roads that have no objection to hauling in rocks from another location; dump these fools that have no compassion on our water and our livlihoods. Isn't there another company you can get rock from that might already be located in the Aurora area? HM THINK PEOPLE. DON'T BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE AND THEY WILL GO OUT OF BUSINESS AND OUR LIVES
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:23 PM
    Build a water treatment plant, use the water and create more jobs,
  • by .455 SuperMag Location: Beaufort County on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM
    I have a great idea. Lets just by rock from China.
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      by 44mag. on Feb 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM in reply to .455 SuperMag
      .455(super what?)...Are ye hitting flys at 5 paces?...Thanks for the laugh...
  • by 44mag. on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Open pit minings a very bad IDEA!!!The operation lowers ground water levels and this operation could cause massive fresh water problems during long term droughts...I say move the operation to the company owners property and let his family suffer!!!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 09:21 AM in reply to 44mag.
      I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don’t want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required. — Sheryl Crow. I am often reminded what you guys stand for and your solutions. I say your have no idea what you are even posting about nor did one thing to learn about it either. I know the MO.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM in reply to 44mag.
      Well, thats an interresting theory you have so might I add, The Rainforest Floor - The rainforest floor only receives between 1 - 2% of the sunlight that hits the upper layers of the rainforest. Very little plant life grows here as a result. Although the ground is covered by a layer of decomposing vegetation, the top soil is surprisingly poor in nutrients. The rainforest floor is very humid due to the evaporation of water from the leaves and shrubs that are found in this layer. This humidity will help speed up the process of decomposition of the matter. A wide variety of life including insects and larger animals inhabits the rainforest floor. Some of the larger animals that live in this layer include Jaguars, Bengal Tigers, Okapis, and Southern Cassowaries.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 07:09 AM
    Make sure the company agrees to repair the paved roads their trucks destroy after they start running. I've seen it happen before and someone else gets left holding the bag.
  • by Lisa Location: enc on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:17 AM
    Seems like no one wants anything in their "backyard". Thus, nothing ever progresses, no jobs are created. Resources are wasted. I wonder where people think the limestone used in their houses, etc. comes from? Oh, I know - someone else's backyard.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 22, 2012 at 05:02 AM
    We gotta stop this right away, we don't want anything in NC that might even created one single job.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      Guess you are not one of the many who will have their water supply in danger to put a handful of people to work.
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        by Obama Snake Oil Co on Feb 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to
        You see, that is my problem with some of you posters, none of you look into this stuff before you post. This is why I call you libterds. You are uninformed, will jump on a poster, sound stupid to start with and you wonder why. Well, here is why, the facts are out there for you to dispute but you cannot back up your statment. Martin Marietta Aggregates opened the New Bern Quarry in 1958 as its second limestone quarry in North Carolina. Over 1,000 acres were permitted to be mined. The average depth of the mine was approximately 60 feet. Active excavation of marine limestone at the New Bern Quarry ceased in 1996. The reclamation work at the quarry occurred in three separate stages over a ten-year period. Stage 1 consisting of 115 acres in the middle pit was completed in 1989. Stage 2 reclaimed nearly 77 acres in the upper pit in 1996. And Stage 3 finalized nearly 718 acres in the lower pit in 1999. Thus, over 900 acres of previously mined property has been reclaimed by Martin Marietta Aggregates and subsequently released from its mining permit obligation by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Once the company has removed the remaining stockpiled material from the site, it will be able to complete reclamation of this area and release the remainder of the mine site. And while you were at it, you were aware they ran a mining operation in New Bern? You were aware this; http://www.ncsafewater.org/Pics/Training/AnnualConference/AC08TechnicalPapers/Wastewater/AC08WWTues0900_Humphrey.pdf
  • by jokerdog Location: washington on Feb 22, 2012 at 04:18 AM
    ask hood about this,he is an expert on everything
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