Vulcan Minerals gets favorable ruling from Virginia's high court

June 11, 2013

Vulcan Minerals will be able to proceed with its sand and gravel mining project in the Skinker’s Neck area of Caroline, VA following a decision from the Virginia Supreme Court which sided with the Caroline County’s Board of Supervisors in a lawsuit.

Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. issued an opinion affirming a 2012 ruling by Circuit Judge Joseph Ellis, who ruled that Friends of the Rappahannock and a group of concerned citizens and landowners did not have legal standing to contest the Board of Supervisors’ 2011 decision to grant Vulcan a special-exception permit to mine sand and some gravel at the riverfront property. The planned mining project on Albert Wachtmeister’s 541-acre Black Marsh Farms property in the Skinker’s Neck area of Caroline, the Free Lance-Star reported.

The decision clears the way for the mining operation to proceed, said Hirschler Fleischer attorney Charlie Payne, who represented Vulcan in the case along with law partner John Walk. It’s unclear when the operation will begin.

Earlier this spring Caroline Circuit Court Judge Harry T. Taliaferro III also sided with the defendants in another lawsuit involving a nearby mining operation. That case involved a special-exception permit issued to the Snead family, the defendants, for the Clark’s Cut II mining operation on the north side of U.S. 17 along the Rappahannock River.

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