Hundreds Rally To Protest Proposed Chicken Processing Plant

Hundreds of Nash and Wilson County residents rallied Sunday afternoon protesting a proposed chicken plant that would be built in the area.

800 to 900 people came out for the rally. It was held at the intersection of Tar River Church Rd. & Hwy 97.

Officials tell us Sanderson Farms plans to buy land in the area to use as part of a new chicken processing plant operation. And that could create eleven hundred jobs.

But some residents in the area fear that waste from the plant could contaminate Wilson’s water supply.

Wilson’s City Manager Grant Goings says he asked Nash County Commisioners for an environmental impact study, but he says they said no. Because of that Goings says city council has approved using up to one million dollars from the city’s general fund to fight the processing plant.

Officials from the rally say they have at least 900 signatures from people who are against the chicken plant and they are working to get more people to sign.

Monday morning Nash County officials are supposed to meet to discuss this matter further and many of the protesters will be there.


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  • by PR on Nov 21, 2010 at 10:53 PM
    Smithfield packing,Wilson receives daily shipments of skinned/trimmed pork bellies slaughter plant in Tar Heel NC, what you refer to as Fayetteville, different counties. Tar Heel built in 1992, I lived in the area, matter of fact, family has been there for over 235 years, I lived through the political BS that the county gave the citizens, promises and all, only to see that after the initial hiring, and firing, within a short time the plant went almost totally hispanic. A local indistry up the road from the plant had been in business for 25 years, 6 months after the plant opened, they had to dig their 200 ft wells deeper. Most of the county has left due to that plant, and the county is suffering deeply. I watched as that industy tore our county down, bit by bit. Property devalues, taxes & crime increased, hopital broke, schools broke. PLEASE don't let Nash and Wilson make the same mistake. In twenty years the communities will be in such bad shape with water, crime and social issues.
  • by I Fought the Law to PR on Nov 19, 2010 at 04:15 AM
    It's really funny Smithfield meats in Fayteville has done so poorly....I sure haven't seen anything in the news about it. By the way, there's a Smithfield processing plant in WILSON right off highway 301 down from Parkers bbq.....been there all of my 50 years. But that plant is on the other side of town away from Wilson's country club....you don't happen to live there do you?
  • by tim Location: RM on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:09 PM
    Don't confuse a new chicken plant with historical pig plants. The water control will not be an issue. I have heard the new facility of Sanderson Farms in Kingston is a big success for the community. This is a good project for business, employment, tax revenue (long term), this project is now being courted by or neighboring communities, I hope we don't lose it.
  • by Fix Nash on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    If the slaughter house goes in, other businesses will not! Tax revenues will decrease due to loss of all property values within miles of slaughter house and supporting chicken farms. If Nash County wants the jobs, offer another location that is not zoned residential/light industry and between two water supplies. The real profiteer is the owner who tried to get rezoning three years ago and was unanimously denied by the planning board. It was for a less offensive business. What has changed to cause the planning board to unanimously agree to rezone a desirable residential area and watershed---- greedy people, attorneys and politicians. Coastal Plain Land LLC is a shill company using attorneys to push through the agenda of the owner. (Whom you can find in the tax records and other reports)
  • by Pam Location: Nash County on Nov 17, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    What happens when the spray fields of the farmland can no longer absorb anymore of the nitrates….who is responsible for the waste then? They will run into the water supply of Wilson and Nash County. Will they look to do spray fields in Wilson County? Who will pay for the additional chemicals to treat all the nitrates in the soil and our drinking water….tax payers? Who will pay when the nitrate run off promotes algae growth and no fish are living in our rivers and streams. Wellwater tests? Nitrates in the well water can kill our babies. Who will pay for the additional help to test to make sure that Sanderson and the farmers are doing the job orrectly….taxpayers. The North Carolina regulations are LAX that is why Sanderson wants in here. if you need back up info please ask. here is a little reading material: 1. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/daily/aug99/chicken1.htm another article from September of 2010 - - North Carolina. 2. http://shelby.wbtv.com/content/death-6000
  • by A Furriner on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    To Rusty Shsckelford - good point, it is only about the smell. Keep in mind that to keep this plant going they will need something in the order of 300 chicken house in a 50 mile radius, so the smell issue will crop up farther afield. On the water front, how about this one: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fsavannahnow.com%2Fstories%2F122305%2F3513254.shtml&h=cce95
  • by 1BIG C Location: TARBORO on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    I have worked for a company like this one and the average wage for one of these jobs is $8 to $9 dollars an hour in the processing plants. These jobs are terreble and you will not get anyone but immigrants to preform these jobs. Go to Mount Olive NC and you will see that english is a second lanuage. This was not the case before the processing plants were built...
  • by Rusty Shackelford Location: Pitt County on Nov 16, 2010 at 03:50 AM
    To A Furriner: I found nothing in the story talking about water contamination from a chicken processing plant, only a mention about the smell, which I can certainly sympathize with. Your source is the Texas Observer, a nonpartisan advocate for "progressive politics" lol, really?
  • by gntcpw Location: Fountain on Nov 16, 2010 at 03:46 AM
    I have read several comments and first of all,they probably HAVE to hire illegals because a lot of people think they are too good to do these jobs. You're obviously not hungry enough yet. If you're so concerned about the extra illegals, then jump in line before they do to get the jobs. We know that's not going to happen, is it? Secondly, how can someone say that there is animal cruelty going on in these plants. I bet you don't think about this as you're driving through the drive-thru at your favorite chicken restaurant. Do you really think the chicken is some kind of miraculous happening? Lastly, I have used boxes for trash that came out of Piggly Wiggly's box cage that clearly say "Sanderson Farms" on the side so I guess Farmville is now Russia since someone said that's where their chickens are shipped. Get real folks. It may not be a glamorous job, but it is a job. Isn't that what you've been wanting? Get off your high horse and go get it!!!
  • by PR Location: Wilson on Nov 15, 2010 at 11:27 PM
    http://scorecard.org/ranking/rank-facilities.tcl?how_many=100&drop_down_name=Water releases&fips_state_code=Entire United States&sic_2=All reporting sectors Sanderson Farms holds three positions in the top 100 pollutors in US
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