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YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -
It was strength in numbers.
Over one hundred residents showed up at Monday night's York County Council meeting, many in overflow rooms and hallways, with one thing on their mind… stopping a potential rock quarry from coming to their County.
"I guarantee you if I wanted to live right next to a big hole in the ground, I would have moved to the Grand Canyon," said resident Shannan Hearne.
The potential project site is 40-acres of land that sits off of Ridge Road, just north of Clover near the state line.
Officials at Martin Marietta Materials confirm they want to turn the site into a rock quarry because of minerals they say sits near the surface.
Residents fear a mining operation would be detrimental to their health, property value and everyday life.
"Anybody that would be willing to put a rock quarry anywhere, should be willing to live next to it. I guarantee you these guys that are going to do that are not going to be living next to a rock quarry," said resident Donnie Grice.
In a unanimous vote from county leaders, they decided not rezone the 40-acres from residential to agricultural, which would have been a key step in allowing the quarry to happen.
"We know who we work for, so we're here to work for the people. We have to make the right decisions in the end and we have to go by our principles, but we certainly know who we work for," said York County Council Chairman Dr. Britt Blackwell.
Residents say they feel victorious after banding together and are confident leaders have their best interest at heart.
"I believe that we all have gotten together as a community to support what we believe is right for our rural area," said resident Stephanie Efird.
Martin Marietta officials say they're disappointed with Monday's decision and will reassess their options moving forward.
Martin Marietta Materials owns 300 quarries in 30-plus states, including a site in Rock Hill.