WATSON, LA (WAFB) - Livingston Parish council members have voted yes to an ordinance they say will help regulate mining operations.
This eases tensions between mining companies and parish residents that started in the summer when the mining company Southern Aggregates gave notice of plans to build a gravel pit next to the Oak Hills subdivision in Watson. This caused an uproar from the members in that community.
Among the requirements of the ordinance, gravel pits must have a 12-foot buffer around the pit, 125 feet away from a sub-division, and can only operate during weekdays during 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Southern Aggregates owner Kevin Black is pleased with the ruling, saying that “We are not in opposition of this. We feel that it is one of the most fairest and reasonable that could be had.”
However, not all are happy about the resolution. Doug Bowen feels that the council “sold out the people of Watson and Livingston Parish for a few people.” Bowen says that he will try to move to another parish where they “respect the residents”, according to Bowen.