We covered this story a few weeks ago, discussing protests in Clayton County. Since then, the Clayton County supervisors have rezoned the land and given the green light in a 3-0 vote. This means 746 acres of farmland will be changed from agriculture to heavy industrial. Construction will begin for sand extraction.

While some compromises were awarded when safety precautions were set up, many in Clayton County are upset about this decision. The supervisors added restrictions requiring that mining must be done underground, and Pattison Sand Company will have a well-monitoring program as well as be responsible for any well damage from the mining. This is a key step for the company's plans to expand mining.


[via KCRG]