HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A new watchdog group called the 'Citizens for Carolina Forest' has been formed in protest of a proposed sand mine off Gardner Lacy Road in the Carolina Forest community.
According to the group's website, the organization is only a couple weeks old, but already a lot people who live in the Carolina Forest community say they're interested in joining.
Dennis Hardy, a member of the Citizens for Carolina Forest, says the group's goal is "to inform the residents of the risks involved with having a sand mine in the community." Hardy says there are several potential risks with mining in a residential area, including silica dust, which is a known human carcinogen.
These concerns and others are also echoed by groups like the Carolina Forest Civic Association. Tony McDonald, the president of the civic association, says he is looking forward to working with the new group to form a united front against the proposed mining.
"It's obvious they've done a great bit of research and share the same views on this as many of the people in our community," said McDonald. "I'm looking forward to working with them and possibly forming a partnership."
Members from both the Citizens for Carolina Forest and Carolina Forest Civic Association say they plan to be present for the next Horry County Council Meeting on April 20 to discuss the issue.
Hardy says he others will also be handing out flyers in the Carolina Forest community over the next two weeks, to inform more people about these issues.
"We wish we had more time to mobilize on this issue, but we've been blind sided so to speak," said Hardy.
If you wish to learn more about the Citizens for Carolina Forest you can visit their website at www.citizensforcarolinaforest.com