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Battling the proposed hard rock quarry, asphalt plant, and concrete plant in New Hanover Township since 2001
Protecting the environment of New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania since 1987
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The Paradise Watchdogs/Ban the Quarry group has been around since 1987. Read about our mission and history.
Read about the Montgomery County 38th Judicial District judge's 2014 decision.
Learn about the environmental impacts of a quarry operation, asphalt plant, and concrete plant on the following:
Increased Township Traffic on
Swamp Pike, Rt. 73, and Rt. 663, plus many back and side roads
The Dangers of Asbestos
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral often found in quarries in our state. The “Mesothelioma Cancer Network” is an organization with the mission to bring awareness of the dangers of asbestos. Read more about them here. We also have some newer information from the Lanier Law Firm. Click here to read newer information about mesothelioma.
Read about the agencies who have responsibility for local environmental issues.
The New Hanover Tax Revenue Myth
Over the years, some residents have asked about New Hanover spending money on the quarry. Read why this is a myth.
MAP OF AFFECTED AREA
The map at the left shows the area of the proposed Gibraltar quarry.
As of 2018 the proposed quarry would stretch from Rt. 73 to the south, north to Coleflesh road, and from Church (east) to Rt. 663 (Layfield Rd.) on the west. It would include the hard rock quarry, an asphalt plant, and a concrete plant.
The quarry was proposed in early 2001 by the Silvi Group Companies (See below). The Paradise Watchdogs, with the New Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board and Board of Supervisors have been involved since then.
Image at left originally created by Reading Eagle, but incorrectly identified important areas, which we corrected.
Learn About the Proposed Quarry Owners
The Silvi Group Companies began in 1947 in Lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since then, they have operated sand, ready-mix concrete, and asphalt plants. But, the proposed quarry in New Hanover is planned to be their first quarry. A few years ago, they took over an existing rock quarry in Belle Mead, New Jersey. Their website can be found at www.silvi.com
Their site contains information about their companies and mining activities. However, besides their company, there's more to learn about the dealings of the two brothers who own the company.