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Pa. Quarry Proposal Faces Strong Opposition


According to online sources, an expert witness asserted that a proposed Geryville Materials quarry in Lower Milford, Pa., does not conform to ordinances regarding tree replanting, woodlands and wetlands, and warned that not enough is known about a landfill on the property.

Charlie Schmehl, testifying as a township witness before the Zoning Hearing Board, said among other things:

  • Trees must be replanted when disturbed, according to the township ordinance. The applicant has not shown compliance in its plans.
  • No more than 20 percent of woodlands in an environmentally sensitive area shall be altered, cleared or built upon. The applicant’s plans are greater than the 20 percent.
  • No more than 20 percent of wetlands shall be altered, regarded or built upon. The applicant’s plans show greater than the 20 percent.
  • The lack of information about the landfill on the site is of great concern.

The quarry and township residences have long been at odds over a proposal for the 628-acre quarry.