Board postpones action on proposed quarry Pipeline company case runs longer than expected

November 22, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Because of a lengthy hearing on another matter, the Howard County Board of Appeals postponed last night action on developer Kingdon Gould Jr.'s proposal to mine rock on a property he owns in Jessup -- again dragging out one of the longest cases ever before the board.

"This is going to go until January," said a frustrated Richard B. Talkin, an attorney who represents Gould.

The quarry proposal was delayed by a case involving Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. of Ellicott City, which ran for more than three hours, much longer than the board had anticipated.

Transcontinental, which provides natural gas to several areas of the county, wants to expand its plant, but some nearby #i residents say the operation already is too noisy and that enlarging it would make things worse.

Because of the long discussion about the Transcontinental matter, board members said they didn't want to rush a decision on the quarry project and decided to consider Gould's proposal Tuesday night.

During discussions last week, board members supported Gould's proposed quarry but said they wanted to restrict the operation to protect residents.

Some residents fear that a quarry would increase traffic problems, endanger health and safety with clouds of dust and tremors from blasting, and depress property values.

Opponents are preparing an appeal in court in case the board approves the Gould proposal.

"No matter what, we'll fight each step of the way," said Jessup resident Rosemary Ford.

Gould, a North Laurel resident and Washington parking lot magnate, plans to mine a crystalline rock called Baltimore gabbro at the more-than-600-acre site in Jessup.

Baltimore Gabbro is known for its hardness and uniform texture and is used mostly for road construction. It hasn't been produced in Maryland for at least 15 years and probably would be profitable for Gould and for local and state governments.

Gould's operation is expected to mine 1 million to 2 million tons of rock a year on a site east of Interstate 95, west of U.S. 1 and

south of Route 175. Crushed stone in Maryland usually sells for about $6.7 million per million metric tons, according to Rock Products magazine.

In addition to the rock, the quarry might process and stockpile sand, gravel, clay and fill dirt. It could later house an asphalt plant.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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