Shell mining firm seeks Tate’s Hell land

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:27 PM.

He said he had received a list of what would need to be done during the project from Gulf Coast Aggregates.

 “You would be removing 20 feet of overburden, getting the shells out and the state would want you to put it back the way it was. I don’t see how that’s even possible,” Pierce said.

“It’s just a request of extended land so we can dig down,” Mitchem said.

 “Gulf Aggregates needs to meet certain standards before any letter of support is written,” Sanders said. “I would like to see us table this until she can come back with the guarantees and have it worked out with the state before she comes to us. Once (the state) sees the county commission’s signature they will move ahead with this. ”

Commissioner Pinki Jackel said she and Mitchem had discussed the matter prior to the meeting. “I didn’t realize you were going to be here today,” said Jackel. “I asked you for more information. I asked some of the same questions that Commissioner Sanders just voiced.

“I am in favor of jobs. I cannot vote to give a carte blanche letter of endorsement. This is the same thing we tell everyone comes before us. What are the conditions of this letter? Bring us your letter of what you’re expecting us to endorse. Let us have the county attorney review it,” she said. “We are in a very environmentally sensitive area. We want to do the best thing and strike the balance between environment and man. I want to know exactly what I’m sponsoring.”

Sanders said that there is an area already approved for mining across County Road 67. “If I were you, I would try to find any other land to deal with rather than go to the state,” said Pierce. “The county tried to get just 100 acres for a prison, which was a public benefit on public land and we couldn’t even get 100 acres.”

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