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One Down, One To Go

By Greg L | 17 June 2009 | Prince William County | 6 Comments

In the face of significant public opposition, GRR has pulled it’s application for building an asphalt plant in the Brentsville District, and Wally Covington finally goes on the record regarding the plant.  It’s truly amazing what citizen activists can do to preserve and protect their community even in the face of developer interests in the county.I shot the footage for this video back on June 3rd, and just haven’t had time to put it together until today.  I found it interesting that only myself and Dan Roem from the Gainesville Times were the only media folks at the meeting, although the News & Messenger did write an article about this recently and today’s Bull Run Observer has coverage. With several hundred people showing up for a community gathering like this, I was somewhat surprised at how many media outlets had missed the story.  As the video shows, there were some really interesting moments and some of the questions asked might linger to haunt some decision makers long after these applications are both killed.

After the crush of citizen input started landing on elected officials, even without much in the way of media coverage the message was pretty clear.  Supporting this asphalt plant a half mile from Victory Lakes Elementary School is about as toxic a vote as one could cast at a Board of Supervisors meeting, and had this come before the Board for a vote, Wally Covington would have sealed his political doom.  The application for Finley is still pending, but at this point the political winds clearly indicate that is, or at least should be a completely and utterly dead issue.

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  1. Mom said on 17 Jun 2009 at 3:10 pm:
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    Careful, Wally might take one of those phonebooks he sits on and throw it at you.

  2. Big Dog said on 17 Jun 2009 at 7:32 pm:
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    Give Bob Marshall some credit for waving a red flag on this issue
    several weeks ago in a MJM op/ed piece.

  3. Greg L said on 17 Jun 2009 at 10:29 pm:
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    Good point. That’s how I learned about this issue. Without Marshall writing his op-ed, we probably wouldn’t have known about this outside the immediate area affected until the last minute.

  4. Loudoun Insider said on 17 Jun 2009 at 10:49 pm:
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    Bob Marshall is one of the few Republicans that gets it that unbridled development is anything but conservative. This sounds like a good battle with the citizens coming out on top.

  5. longwatch said on 18 Jun 2009 at 1:10 am:
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    I didn’t learn of the proposed Finley plant until Bob Marshall sent me a letter about it.

  6. Mustang Marine Wife said on 18 Jun 2009 at 4:34 pm:
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    Thanks for taking the time to film it Greg. I was at the meeting and thought I recognized you, but wasn’t sure.

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