Good news on Blounts Creek
In 2013, Martin Marietta Materials received a permit from the N.C. State Division of Water Resources to begin construction of a mining operation in the headwaters of Blounts Creek that would involve the discharge of up to 12 million gallons of ground and mining wastewater into that pristine coastal stream.
Nearly every scientist who examined the proposed project agreed that , if allowed, it “would transform the swamp habitat into a stream consisting primarily of the mine discharge water, permanently altering the creek’s diversity of live and bundance of high quality habitat for fish.”
The judge who handed down the ruling, Phillip Berger, Jr., also said that citizens and groups who would be impacted by the mine’s actions had no grounds to challenge the ruling.
On December 18, Superior Court Judge Joshua Willey, Jr., handed down a decision that over-turned the lower court’s finding and vacated or annulled the discharge permit. In addition, the Superior Court ruled that groups like Sound Rivers and community members do have a right to challenge the permit in court.
The recent finding protects special places like Blounts Creek and maintains the public’s right to access the courts when regulatory agencies fail to do their jobs.
Mourning dove: thru Jan. 15
Canada goose: (in Resident Population Zone) thru Feb. 10
Light geese (inc. snow, blue & Ross’ geese): thru Feb. 10
Ducks, Mergansers & amp; Coots: thru Jan. 27
Sea ducks: thru Jan. 27 (in special sea duck area only)
Tundra swan: (with special permit) thru Jan. 31
Brant: thru Jan. 27
Controlled hunting preserves: thru Mar. 31
Raccoon, opossum, gray squirrel, grouse, bobcat: thru Feb. 28
Rabbit & amp; quail: thru Feb. 28
Woodcock: thru Jan. 27
Common snipe: thru Feb. 28
Coyote, feral swine (hogs), nutria, skunk, groundhog or armadillo: no closed season
Trapping: through Feb. 28
Note: Check the N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest, available online or from Wildlife Service Agents, for additional information regarding seasons, bag limits and special provisions, especially for black bears.