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Trying to Hold Hearings to Discuss WV Quarry Fight

The Department of Environmental Protection says it's working to hold two public hearings in the Eastern Panhandle on objections to a permit for a 100-acre quarry.

Potomac Riverkeeper Inc., Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church and Washington Heritage Trail Inc. are appealing the permit for North Mountain Shale LLC's Gerrardstown site to the DEP's Surface Mining Board.

Potomac Riverkeeper is also fighting the permit with the state Environmental Quality Board.

The mining board says it's planning to move the hearing from Charleston to Martinsburg, possibly in late May or early June. The Environmental Quality Board is also working to relocate its hearing.

Brent Walls of Potomac Riverkeeper told The Journal of Martinsburg that's a step in the right direction.

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