White Lake quarry project in Forestport still being considered

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FORESTPORT — Feelings continue to fester near White Lake as the Department of Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) review the application for the proposed granite quarry. 

Approximately 50 people showed up to the town of Forestport board meeting last week to express concerns about the project. 

At the meeting, Town of Forestport Supervisor TJ Entwistle reported that the DEC had announced that it was classifying the project as a Type 2 project, meaning that a full environmental study was not necessary and would not be completed. 

Peter Chamboro, of South Shore Road, believes that the quarry project is not a good fit for White Lake. He read from the town’s strategic plan draft.

“Our main vision of our wonderful community is to preserve the rural character here for the health and wellbeing of the people that reside here and are attracted to this area for the purpose of living in an environment of clean air, clean water, and open space,” he said. “Now we have a quarry being proposed. It’s not just a quarry; they are going to clear cut, they are going to dig holes. That’s the picture being painted. And where is it!? Right along the Southern border of a beautiful, pristine, crystal clear lake.”

The quarry application is overly simplistic, with many unanswered questions, Chamboro said. He wants more specific answers to the questions that property owners have, and he requested that the board seek more information. He also suggested that the Town of Forestport look into adopting a strategic plan with more stringent regulation. 

“I know that nobody wants to hear about regulation,” he said. “But what are we going to do when people take advantage of us? We need better regulation, better oversight.” 

Joseph Turczyn, who owns property adjacent to the proposed quarry site, expressed his apprehension about the potential impact on the nearby environment, the road maintenance, and neighbors. 

“I have real concerns about the detrimental effects this will have,” Turczyn said. “I’m concerned about the fuel, the residue, all the air pollution coming down into the wetlands and into the White Lake outlet that will migrate down through the waterways into White Lake, Bear Creek, Black River, and Woodhull. 

“I think that this is just phase one of Mr. Sunderlin’s plan,” Turczyn continued. “He talks about dimensional cutting. It’s 25 years. I’m sure he will go to aggregate, until he takes that entire ridge down, which is a detriment to the 25 landowners that are adjacent, or butt up to, his property. I have been a long-time resident, so to speak. I’ve owned the camp here for all of my life, over 70 years. We are all residents. Mr. Sunderlin is not. He owns some property. He doesn’t live here. He doesn’t have a camp here. For him, it is just a property for profit.”

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