2022 Introduction of CAM Directors

I have been on a roller coaster ride ever since I attended the first public meeting held at Greenon High School in March of 2017. That meeting changed my life and my reading habits overnight. In fact, I seek out quarry articles to read and can now boast all about my new found knowledge. I can easily insert words like “Cone of Depression” into everyday conversation. The latest term to roll off my tongue is “Flyrock”. This word caught my attention while I was reading the 2018 Annual Report of the the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Mineral Resources Management Division… who reads this stuff besides me?

Please allow me to share a bit of information I learned from my recent research of flyrock. Technically, flyrock is any rock that is ejected from the blast site in a controlled explosion in mining operations. It can travel up to 400 miles an hour and can reach distances of 3000 feet or more from the mining perimeter.

The 2018 Annual Report casually stated that the Chief had issued orders for 3 incidents of flyrock in Ohio. That piqued my interest so I quickly sent off a public records request and carefully ingested each word and picture upon receiving the report from the Division. Let me tell you about one of these incidents. It happened in a quarry near Grove City in Ohio. The rock which measured 18” x 16” x 14” and traveled 1, 836 feet from the quarry’s boundary, landed in a homeowners backyard. What did I read? Traveled 1, 836 feet and landed in someone’s backyard? For sure! That is what the report stated.

So how safe do you think this community is if blasting commences? I’m thinking of my house sitting along Garrison Road and that flyrock in Grove City. After researching, flyrock I am certain, flyrock could easily travel 22 feet and land in my yard or on my house. But then I remembered reading about 300 foot setback in the Clark County Zoning Regulations for mining. That is the 300 feet setback rule which is to protect the citizens of Mad River Township.  Whew! 300 plus 22 equals a whopping 322 feet, Oh yes, I’ll  be safe for sure… if it flew over my house and landed in someone else’s yard 1, 514 feet from my house!

Well that got me to thinking about my fellow hard-working, Rockin’ Directors of Citizens Against Mining who have been instrumental in fighting Jurgensen’s proposed quarry for the past five years. Who could carry on the mission of this organization in light of the dangers of flyrock? Let’s see, Kathy Estep, she lives in Houck Meadows . Her house is 6,030 feet from the quarry and we add in the 300 foot setback and she is safe at 6,330 feet. Karen Deibel, our capable vice president lives along Fairfiled Pike, on the other side of Old Mill Road. She is 3,115 feet from the quarry and with the 300 foot setback, she is safe as well at 3,415 feet. 

But our secretary Judy Brown and Kathleen Mathews better hightail it out of there if they hear the warning blast siren. Living on Echo Hills Avenue is about 600 feet shy of the distance the Grove City Flyrock traveled from the quarry site. Barbara Shuiir whose house is in the Gordon Hill Area is living dangerously being only 422 feet away from this quarry.

Now the remaining directors which you see in my picture are in the red zone. Each of these people, Charles Swaney, David Zainey, Jolyn Verbillin and Mike Verbillion all live on properties that actually touch Enon Sand & Gravel property. They can trespass on the mining property while standing on their own property. That is an amazing thought but not reassuring considering the real dangers of flyrock. Let’s do the math, out of the 9 directors I have introduced this evening, only two can escape the Grove City Flyrock with certainty.

“Flyrock is a potential hazard anytime and anywhere there is blasting,,” reports the The Mine Safety and Health Administration of the United States Department of Labor

Consider joining Citizens Against Mining to oppose Jurgensen’s proposed dangerous industrial mining operation in Mad River Township.