Bentley’s order a miracle

Published 10:22 am Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dear Editor,

First let me say, thanks be to God!  From day one, God has given gifts and direction at every pivotal turn in the No Dump fight!  And, once again, he did yesterday with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order No. 8.

Actually, I would describe the order as a miracle!  Thank you to Governor Bentley, his staff (especially Angi Smith), Rep. Shriver, Sen. Keahey and a very special thanks to Rep. Alan Baker who has worked countless hours & held many meetings in the last several weeks to help bring this dump crisis to light.  Thank you to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and all the municipalities and county governments who realized how devastating this mega dump would be to our region and who passed resolutions stating so.  And, thanks to the Citizens for a Clean Southwest Alabama & all the individuals who took a stand for the future of our children.  Your voices were heard!  It took all our cooperation to make a difference!

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Celebrate but don’t get too comfortable, our work is not done!  While this moratorium on new landfill applications of 500 acres or more etc. is in effect immediately, it does not restrict the Conecuh County Commission from voting on the Conecuh Woods LLC dump application.  The application was submitted on Jan. 21 and is still on the table.  Therefore, the commissioners still have to vote.  If they don’t vote it is an automatic approval.  If it is approved, it can still be permitted but it will take much longer now that the moratorium is in place.  Hopefully, it will give enough time to pass new and more stringent legislation concerning landfills and our environment.

So, continue to contact the Conecuh County Commission daily at 251-578-2095 and make every effort to attend the public hearing at Reid State Technical College in Evergreen at 9 a.m. on March 10.

Even if you don’t live in Conecuh County, attend &/or call the Commission, you do “have a dog in this fight” because it will affect your future generations & your state!  Thanks again to All!

Terri Carter