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Butler County landowners concerned about possible new quarry

“I don’t want to sell. I’ve never wanted to sell. I just want our property to stay intact the way it is,” Landowner Maria Cayo Fugate said. “I don’t want to sell. I’ve never wanted to sell. I just want our property to stay intact the way it is,” Landowner Maria Cayo Fugate said.
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Plans for a possible new rock quarry have neighbors of the site coming together to fight the proposal.

“I don't want to sell. I've never wanted to sell. I just want our property to stay intact the way it is,” Landowner Maria Cayo Fugate said.

The location of the quarry would be south of Poplar Bluff to the north of County Road 323.

The site is three-fourths of a mile from Curt Dicken's home and right next to the edge of his cattle pasture. It's something he, Fugate, and a few other neighbors are trying to stop.

“If you look down there in the creek down there, you'll see the sandstone they're after,” Dicken said.

Across the creek from Dicken's 20 acres, he says, it looks like work has already started.

“[They're] moving dirt over there. I don't know if they're getting ready to start mining or what they're doing,” Dicken said.

That's something he and Fugate don't want to see.

“If they're allowed to put in this quarry and they do blasting or anything, we are going to have damage to our foundations, damage to our homes, damage to our livestock because there will be fallout from all of it,” Fugate said.

Fugate says the Cayo farm has been in the family for more than a hundred years. She says the proposed quarry site is 50-acres.

According to Fugate, with the potential quarry so close to her land, there are a lot of questions.

“What is it going to do overall to our property?” Fugate said.

She and Dicken say a conversation with the people who are applying for the quarry permit should come first.

“We wish that they had taken the time to come and talk with all of us and discuss it. You know, to get our input first before putting a monetary value into it,” Fugate said.

“I feel like he should have talked to some of the neighbors before he put this in,” Dicken said.

They say, now, they just want home to stay home for generations to come.

“We don't want to move, we don't want to sell, nor do we want to be forced to sell,” Fugate said. “I've got two sons that eventually hope to take over the farm to keep it in the family.”

“Dicken says, to his knowledge, the permits have not yet been finalized. He says, he and his neighbors are still planning to meet with the Department of Natural Resources.

Heartland news tried to reach out to the potential future owners of the quarry, but they did not yet return phone calls.

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