With the filing of objections to a mining permit application for a gravel pit in the Shell Creek area northwest of Buffalo, questions have been brought forward as to whether the lack of zoning in Johnson County has contributed to a perception that stands against noise and air pollution and other associated problems with industry “have no teeth.”
Troy Ehrmantraut, whose property sits within a third of a mile of the proposed pit, and within 60 feet of a haul road, has said he is not against industry, but would like the permit denied. If it is approved he would like to see the work performed responsibly.
Johnson County Commission Chair Smokey Wildeman said the commissioners are concerned with how industry affects individuals in the county and are willing to take a stand in the matter.
Wildeman was asked if Johnson County, instead of waiting for a full comprehensive set of zoning regulations, could adopt a similar ordinance to the one in Sheridan County that would keep industrial sites at least a mile from a private residence.
The commissioners will have a public comment period on the proposed Shell Creek gravel pit at their next regular commiissioner's meeting June 19th.