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Quarry Sinkholes

Opelika, AL: (Oct-17-07) The city of Opelika brought a lawsuit against Hanson Aggregates Southeast Inc. and Oldcastle Materials Inc., two quarry operators, alleging that violations at their facilities were damaging the health and properties of their neighbors. The civil suit against Oldcastle Materials and former quarry operator Hanson Aggregates Southeast alleged that deep drilling from the quarry, located between Alabama Highway 169 and Lee Road 166, just south of Opelika, is responsible for numerous sinkholes and an overwhelming loss of spring water in the surrounding area.

As part of a settlement reached, though pending approval from the Opelika Utilities Board and the Lee County Circuit Court where Judge Jacob Walker III presides, the quarry companies will pat the city a $1.1 million. Under the deal, Oldcastle will install, at its own expense, an 8-inch waterline from the fire hydrant near Brown Tool & Mold Company to the westerly most entrance of Spring Villa Park. The length of said waterline is approximately 5,000 feet, and it will serve Spring Villa Park. Further, Oldcastle will repair, at its own expense, all existing and future sinkholes and sinkhole-related damages to properties, easements and rights-of-way owned by the city and the Opelika Utilities Board. If the bridge crossing Little Uchee Creek suffers sinkhole-related damages, Oldcastle will repair the bridge at its own expense; and will indemnify the city and the utilities board from future claims and liability arising from sinkhole-related damages. [OPELIKE AUBURN NEWS: QUARRY SINKHOLES]

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Published on Oct-19-07


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