Hearing over denial of Wake Stone’s mining permit reveals fissures within DEQ

BY: - September 28, 2022

In early February of this year, Brian Wrenn, director of the state’s Division of Energy, Minerals and Land Resources – DEMLR – visited Umstead State Park, one of the premier natural areas in the Triangle.  Wrenn and several other top DEMLR officials had assembled there at the behest of Reid Wilson, the secretary of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, which oversees the state park system. DEMLR was weighing a controversial mining permit application filed by Wake Stone to expand its existing rock quarry onto 225 acres abutting the Umstead State Park boundary. The decision, to approve or deny, was solely Wrenn’s.

Carolina Sunrock’s proposed quarry, asphalt plant is a no-go, says DEQ

BY: - August 24, 2020

The state Department of Environmental Quality has denied two permit applications submitted by Carolina Sunrock, which had asked to build a proposed asphalt and concrete plant on Highway 62 in Anderson, north of Burlington, and a quarry in Prospect Hill, in Caswell County. The Division of Air Quality found that the facilities would have violated National Ambient Air […]

Wake County judge temporarily halts quarry operation near Umstead Park

BY: - March 19, 2019

  There will be no hole in the ground, at least for now. Wake Stone is temporarily prohibited from starting its new quarry operation near Umstead State Park, according to an injunction granted in Wake County Superior Court. The company may conduct exploratory borings, but can’t clear trees or begin digging the pit on the […]

RDU officials side with mining interests in clash over Umstead quarry

BY: - March 9, 2019

Umstead State Park in winter is at its least beautiful, but in no way is it ugly. Within the park’s palette of gray and rust appear plush pelts of moss in iridescent green and coarse crowns of lichens in dusty mint. Outcrops of ancient rocks, composed of minerals such as feldspar and quartz, are strewn across the forest floor like scattered teeth.