By Amber Ellis
Citizens in Powell County, Ky., are not taking kindly to the threat of a new rock quarry atop Furnace Mountain courtesy of Red River Materials.
More than 150 people discussed their questions and concerns at a public forum in April, but many left unsatisfied. They responded by creating a petition to stop the permit.
The Kentucky Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement processed the permit application and returned it to Red River for further hydrologic, geologic and cave and species mapping investigation, according to Mark Tarter, an agency official.
To read citizens’ concerns, visit their petition at Change.org or their Facebook group, Save Furnace Mountain.