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Livingston Parish residents sound off on potential gravel pit

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WATSON, LA (WAFB) -

Livingston Parish residents from a large subdivision north of Watson voiced their concerns about a potential gravel pit in their area Thursday night.

The meeting held in the cafeteria of Live Oak High School was all about public comment. The Oak Hills subdivision residents live next to the property and wore green shirts in protest of the possible change.

Many of the people living in that neighborhood don't want the proposed gravel pit by Southern Aggregates in their backyards.

Residents are worried about noise, debris and home property value.

The meeting was part of the investigation by the Army Corps of Engineers and state DEQ before a permit is given for a gravel pit on 245 acres of land. The Army Corps is involved because the area used to be wetlands.

"We have to look at whether the benefits outweigh the detriments of the project, so that's key," said Ricky Boyett with the Army Corps. "We have to look at perception of the project, whether the people in the area want it. We also have to look at whether it is the least environmentally damaging alternative that is looked at. We have to look at impacts to the wetlands and if they'll be mitigated."

The Corps will be scientific about the decision on whether or not to grant the permit.

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