Concerns Voiced Over Mineral Extraction In Old Hickory Build

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 05:50:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Neighbors in the Old Hickory area have banded together, trying to stop a new rock quarry from moving in just feet from the popular Old Hickory Lake Park.

Neighbors said they want their concerns addressed, but little has been known about the landowner -- Industrial Land Developers, LLC. Neighbors who have tried to contact them said they only list a P.O. Box. They want their concerns addressed.

One neighbor discovered the permit for mineral extraction on Friday and has since put together a Facebook page opposed to the development.

Neighbors said they're worried about the potential environmental effects of mineral extraction nearby.

“There’s the issue of runoff,” said Amy Pragnell, a neighbor who has been opposed to the development. “Even in underground blasting, you're still going to have runoff when it's dug up, and runoff can pollute the water.”

The Metro Planning Commission was set to take up the rock quarry issue in August. Meanwhile, Metro Councilman Larry Hagar has introduced an ordinance to further restrict where rock quarries can be built.