As I sit here on my porch, listening to the birds singing, I am reminded of how truly peaceful nature is. I live in the small community of Hollow Creek, between Gilbert and Leesville — one of the last remaining undeveloped areas in Lexington County.
For two years, this community has been fighting a Goliath. Vulcan Materials, the world’s largest aggregate producer, has set its sights on this little piece of heaven, because Hollow Creek has lots of granite.
Lexington County Council has the power to stop Vulcan, but it is not listening to the residents of Hollow Creek when we complain about the danger of well water loss, damaged homes from blasting, dust and traffic problems.
Vulcan says it will be a good neighbor. We have evidence to the contrary, and nobody is listening.
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I am saddened and disheartened to know that my way of life may come to an end soon, because saving this place is actually doable, if only someone would listen.