Pasco residents fight to stop second Limestone mine

Worries over water supply pollution
Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 07, 2017

Bob Howell says he would have never bought his home in Spring Hill if he knew this lime rock mine would be operating so close.

“You’ll hear it, You’ll hear the house shake. It’s a shock. It’s like dropping a bomb.”

The community has been fighting the Largo Verde mine for years and residents are even suing Pasco County to try and get it shut down. But now they’ve got another battle on their hands. Another proposed mine called Seven Diamonds, just to the north.

“It’s a threat to the environment. it’s a threat to our water resources, and its just not consistent with what Pasco County said they would do,” said attorney Ed Turanchik.

“So now we are going to have more trucks, more blasting, more dust, more noise. More impacts to the aquifer, more impacts to what’s happening in our neighborhood,” said Howell.

These residents said the mining affects the area’s water quality. And with a new mine there is serious concern how the precious Weeki Wachee Spring could be effected.

“It will kill the springs, and if that were to happen that would be pretty sad,” said former Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden. “This is all about the big bucks and I understand business, but at the same time you have to have a responsibility that that business is not going to impact negatively.”

The mine’s owner hasn’t returned our phone message.

The new proposal has yet to come up on the county commission’s agenda. But residents said they’ll continue to speak out again it.

Their on-line petition has more than 900 signatures.



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