HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Residents in the eastern part of the county are saying they don’t want a limestone mine near their neighborhood.
This isn’t the first time residents have opposed the mine. Last year, Red Bluff Rock, LLC, stopped its effort to open a mine in this area at the corner of Red Bluff Road and state highway 905.
The mining company is trying once again, but people who live nearby say Red Bluff rock should dig somewhere else.
“It’s going to make what, right now, is a very quiet place, a very noisy place,” said Tammy Whiting, who has lived in the Red Bluff Village development for about two years.
Whiting says a limestone mine about a quarter-mile from her neighborhood would disturb residents every day.
“They’re going to be doing wet mining, where they take equipment and drag it across the earth’s surface to pull up the limestone, which is going to cause a rumble and a lot of banging,” Whiting said.
Whiting says she was one of about a dozen residents who went to an informational meeting hosted by Red Bluff Rock in North Myrtle Beach on Wednesday night.
She says the company explained 55 trucks would go to the mine every day.
“We’re also concerned about the noise of the trucks sitting, idling, the pollution that they’ll cause,” Whiting said.
After pulling its mining application in October, Red Bluff Rock filed a lawsuit against Horry County.
Horry County council member Paul Prince also went to Wednesday’s meeting and says the mine could be good and provide limestone for road construction.
Residents like Whiting say the mine should be in a more rural area.
“Our property values would go down (and) we would lose that nice, quiet neighborhood,” she said.
We weren’t able to find contact information for Red Bluff Rock on Thursday.
A county spokesperson says the county won’t comment on the pending lawsuit from the mining company.
A public hearing about the mine proposal will be held in Conway during the Horry County council meeting Tuesday night at 6.