LOWER MILFORD TWP., Pa. - Some people who live in Lower Milford Township, Lehigh County, are in the midst of a quarrel over a proposed quarry.
They have been fighting Geryville Materials' bid to build a quarry on West Mill Hill Road, near Kings Highway, for 10 years, but after a long legal battle, the township was ordered to approve Gerryville's preliminary development plan with 25 conditions.
"They need to prove that they meet all of the zoning ordinances and environmental conditions can be met that there will be no safety issues, that there will be no contamination of the streams and also no harm to the endangered species," said Lori Sickenberger, president of the Lower Milford Residents Association.
Caught in the middle is the bog turtle, only found on the East Coast.
The other conditions for approval include the prohibition of onsite retail sales and the installation of vegetation buffers.
Gerryville's attorney said the company plans to seek final approval within the year, but residents said they aren't giving up. They said they are worried about increased traffic, air and water quality.
"We are really looking out for the health and welfare of our community," said Sickenberger.
Township officials were not available for comment on the preliminary development plan approval, but during the meeting Tuesday night, township leaders said the legal battles with Gerryville over zoning and final plan approval could stretch for years.
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