Martin Marietta Greenfield Quarry Opposed

A group of residents of Maple Hill, N.C., take exception to a proposal by Martin Marietta Materials to open a 1,800-acre quarry in their town. The Onslow County Zoning Board of Adjustment postponed action on the request to grant a special-use permit request for the limestone mine, which would be located off Highway 50.

According to the Jacksonville, N.C., Daily News, lawyers on both sides, five expert consultants representing Martin Marietta, and about 100 residents opposed to the plan are expected at the third meeting on the issue, which will be moved from the zoning office to the Onslow County Superior Courthouse because of the expected number of participants.

State environmental experts voiced concerns about the possible impact the mine would have on rare plants and animals in the area including the Venus flytrap. Martin Marietta argued the limestone mine presents no health risks and would not bother neighbors.

In order to receive the permit, Martin Marietta has to prove to the board that the quarry will not endanger public health, will meet required specifications, will not injure property values and will be in harmony with the surrounding area.