Every once in a while I hear a story that inspires, that reminds me that when we choose to work arm-in-arm to protect that which we hold dear, we can accomplish what feels like the impossible.
This is such a story.
For over twelve years, a group of citizens has been battling a proposed 600+ acre quarry that would decimate what has been described as “The Jewel of Lehigh Valley.” Tucked among the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania, the land in Lower Milford Township is defined by its narrow, winding roads threading through century-old historic stone homes, forested acres of land, streams, farmland, wetlands, and dairy farms. The quarry plans, which include an asphalt plant and concrete distribution facility, threaten the quality of the groundwater and the air; put at risk the endangered bog turtles and Eastern brown bats; threaten the brown trout in nearby streams; and damage the ambiance of what approximately 3,700 people call home.
Since 2004, this relatively small group of people has kept a Goliath of seemingly infinite resources at bay, fending off seventeen separate quarry suits and appeals. But while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has twice ruled in favor of the people, the lawsuits and appeals from Geryville Materials continue. It appears the company’s strategy is to wear down the people, to financially bankrupt those standing in the way of the quarry.
While the sword of the average warrior would be dulled and chipped from so many years of conflict, the woman with whom I spoke exuded great passion and a fierce commitment to persevere. I could feel her energy; see her and the team battling through endless public hearings, dissertations, and courtroom arguments. She has my respect, my admiration, and my love.
She is Rubin’s sister.
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