(10/31/2002)
WACO Oil and Gas of Glenville will not get a permit to open a 76-acre sandstone quarry in Pocahontas County.

In a unanimous ruling, the State Mine Board voted to uphold an earlier denial of the project which citizens and regulators said would be an eyesore.

More than 200 people turned out to protest the permit earlier this year. The site is near a popular tourist and fishing area known as Devil's Backbone.

WACO, a company held by the I. L. Morris interests, had planned to remove a 300-foot layer of sandstone from the east face of Brown Mountain.

Matt Crum, Mining and Reclamation Director, had rejected WACO's permit application in July, stating the project would affect scenic beauty, hurt property values and affect residents use of the area.

At a hearing held Tuesday in Marlinton, Crum said "We're quite satisfied with the ruling."


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