A 76-acre sandstone quarry permit in Pocahontas County, owned by Waco Oil and Gas of Glenville and Ike Morris, has been rejected by the Department of Environmental Protection.

The company had planned to remove a 300-foot layer of sandstone from Brown's Mountain near Marlinton. More than 200 people turned out to protest the quarry as an eyesore, in addition to blasting, dust and increased truck traffic problems.

The DEP agreed the quarry would be an eyesore in an area frequented by tourists, and could damage Knapp's Creek, a popular trout stream and water supply for the Town of Marlinton.

WACO has 30 days to appeal the ruling.

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