Letter to Editor: Quarry impacts

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Mount Desert Planning Board will continue its review of the application for a quarrying license in the residential village of Hall Quarry. The meetings concerning this application began in 2014 and are ongoing. The Planning Board is currently considering the issue of noise. This part of the review began on Aug. 29, 2019 and will continue during the Nov. 6 public meeting.

Noise pollution adversely affects anyone who can hear it. The considerable noise generated by the removal of granite from the bedrock and its transportation away from the site will negatively impact all who live in Hall Quarry and on the east side of Somes Sound as well as those on the Sound and in the nearby portions of Acadia National Park. It’s important to remember that the purpose of municipal ordinances is to protect public health, safety and general welfare.

I urge you to attend the public meeting on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in Town Office Meeting Room in Northeast Harbor to listen and to express your thoughts about noise that would be generated by an industrial quarrying operation in this residential village.

Elizabeth Roberts

Mount Desert

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