Vulcan Materials Denies Man's Accusations

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A dispute between a Colbert County man and the corporation located across the road from his home continues. Full Story
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MoreOfTheSame

Decatur, AL

#1 Jul 23, 2010
Come on, this is obvious. I live on clay soil and yes, it contracts, when extremely dry. But it has not been that dry.

Anyone with a brain state how obvious this is. I am a businessman and as such, I am very pro business but in this case, how stupid can they think people are? Pay the dude, if it was your house you would be mad to.
beth

Crane Hill, AL

#2 Jul 23, 2010
Pay the man with the understanding that he move and not disclose the sum of the payment and that all agreements are held confidential or he pays back the money. If this is not done people as far away as Franklin County will be suing Vulcan Materials.
U Cant Catch Stupidity

Des Moines, IA

#3 Jul 23, 2010
Who was there first? If Vulcan was there, then they shouldnot be responsible for the damages. If the man was there first then they should be.
YerNutz

Birmingham, AL

#4 Jul 23, 2010
MoreOfTheSame wrote:
Come on, this is obvious. I live on clay soil and yes, it contracts, when extremely dry. But it has not been that dry.
Anyone with a brain state how obvious this is. I am a businessman and as such, I am very pro business but in this case, how stupid can they think people are? Pay the dude, if it was your house you would be mad to.
If he honestly believes it is their fault, why isn't he participating in the lawsuit? They didn't say it was the soil, they said it COULD be the soil or any number of other factors. His house is a MILE away from the quarry - you would be lucky to even feel any vibration at all at that distance, let alone cause any damage. Pay him, pay him for what? The guy sounds like a crackpot who is blaming a historically community-friendly company for damage that he has absolutely no evidence that they caused. Educate yourself, then comment. Blasting at quarries may cause noise, even vibration at CLOSE distances, but damage a mile away, give me a break!
Whoever

Birmingham, AL

#5 Jul 23, 2010
In the last story they posted about this it said that he had "spearheaded a lawsuit" against them before but then dropped out. And now he backs out of the lawsuit again. If it was me and I sincerely beyond all doubt believed that the quarry was responsible I don't think I would have pulled them into a lawsuit twice just to back out both times.
Rockhound

Albertville, AL

#6 Jul 24, 2010
The Bureau of Mines has performed extensive testing to determine the PPV (Peak Particle Velocity) necessary to cause even minor damage to structures. VMC stays well under ANY level that would cause even minor damage to their own structures within the quarry much less their neighbors. Seismic data speaks for itself and quarry blasts are monitored to insure the safety of employees and neighbors. Blasting is a science that has progressed to such precision that now allows no two blasting caps to detonate at the same time even within the same borehole. This milliseconds delay prevents PPV from reaching damaging levels. There is science supporting the explosives industry practices. Unfortunately, the home-buyer is not protected from builders using poor construction practices. One should always have a prospective home inspected by a competent structural engineer before buying.
mel gibson

Pelham, AL

#8 Jul 24, 2010
This is for U cant catch stupidity.If you moved to a new house in a new neighborhood and your neighbor that was there befour you came over to your house every morning and took a big fat dump on your driveway and you called the police about it and the police said "well they were here befour you so you cant do anything about it" I bet you would be mad to.
ThomasA

Sterrett, AL

#9 Jul 24, 2010
Look at what happened in Northwest Huntsville. Builders put in subdivisions right up next to the existing quarries and people were gullible enough to spend their hard earned money for something they had to watch deteriorate.You can point fingers at the problem but many times you should be standing in front of a mirrow. Take control of yourself and quit looking for someone to blame for you mistakes. The same goes with those less than intelligent folks that bought houses right next to the drag strip in Madison County and then started complaining about the noise from a place that has been there every year since the mid-fifties.
The Observer

United States

#10 Jul 25, 2010
Sound waves are indeed destoying this man's house, one blast at a time. Take a good look at the homes surrounding the rock quarry sitting right in the middle of Huntsville and you'll have your proof.
Amos

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#11 Jul 27, 2010
What the hell does Timothy McVey have to do with this?
sarabeth

Knoxville, TN

#12 Jul 29, 2010
mel gibson wrote:
This is for U cant catch stupidity.If you moved to a new house in a new neighborhood and your neighbor that was there befour you came over to your house every morning and took a big fat dump on your driveway and you called the police about it and the police said "well they were here befour you so you cant do anything about it" I bet you would be mad to.
If you knew that the neighbor came and took a dump in that driveway every morning and still bought the house then yes it is your own stupid fault. If you know there is an existing problem with an area then DON'T MOVE THERE!! simple as that.
Tim

Rogersville, AL

#13 Sep 20, 2010
The man was there long before Vulcan showed up. Anyone who builds in the area now, must use far stricter building codes with far stronger foundations than what was required before Vulcan came. Anyone with common sense knows this is Vulcan's fault. Why did his house stand there for 20 years and just start to crumble after Vulcan starts blasting?
Tim

Rogersville, AL

#14 Sep 20, 2010
And what does Timothy McVeigh have to do with it? Well he got put to death for destroying buildings and peoples lives, but Vulcan gets rich.
You need to learn to read

Rogersville, AL

#15 Sep 20, 2010
He only dropped out of one lawsuit, because he has a 90,000 dollar house crumbling to the ground and his lawyers insisted he settle for 10,000. I bet you'd drop out too.
PS Yernutz

Rogersville, AL

#16 Sep 20, 2010
The house is not a mile from the quarry, this is misleading info. The house is across the road. Vulcan conveniently put that misinformation out there for gullible people like you "Yernutz". I see your name fits you.
Anon

Florence, AL

#17 Dec 21, 2010
I live about 5 miles from the quarry myself. The other night about 1:30 a.m. they were, for some reason so late, blasting for about an hour. We walked outside to see what was going on and could even see the bright lights with each loud "boom". It was so loud that it kept my husband and I awake, and our windows were rattling with each blast. If it can do that from 5 miles away, I have no doubt it is the reason for the deterioration of this guys house.
Betsy

Batesville, AR

#18 Jan 6, 2011
We live about 1/4 mile from a Vulcan Quarry. Our house is three years old, the best construction money can buy, yet it is coming apart form vulcan's explosions. If you have not experienced this then you have no idea of what you are saying. Your home is one of the largest investments most people make, yet they can tear a persons house down and lie about everything, from the soil composition to water standing to your house being picked up by the wind. This company has no remorse for the damages they have down to us or anyone else. The ten tousand dollars the lawyer wanted the guy to take for his home,,,,,,,WELL I THINK VULCAN GOT INTO THE LAWYERS POCKET WITH A BIT OF CHANGE.
Former Shoals Gal

Fayetteville, TN

#19 Jan 7, 2011
Vulcan paid off two families in Cherokee, Alabama and later sold the properties. Sadly one house was burned in an arson fire and the other home, which was absolutely breathtaking, was moved a few miles down the road. PAY THE MAN and sell the property like you have done before! And not that it matters, but the man was there before Vulcan! It is a beautiful home that sit high upon a hill. When I was a little girl we would pass it and I loved it! That family, who I would think is in their retirement years, deserves so much better. I don't know them that well, but have always heard great things about them. They are very respectable people who have never been know as controversial. It is unfortunate!
Are you Serious

New Freedom, PA

#20 Jan 21, 2011
This company has a great reputation, and I live within a 1/2 mile of a site they own. I feel you as making an assumption that has no backing of facts. The regulations governing blasting would not allow this to happen. Blasting in quarry sites if regulated by the Federal government. As you mentioned prior, time, length, etc... would be impossible to do for many reasons.

Why ruin the good reputation of someone, or a company, by spreading rumor that has no fact to back it up?
Anon wrote:
I live about 5 miles from the quarry myself. The other night about 1:30 a.m. they were, for some reason so late, blasting for about an hour. We walked outside to see what was going on and could even see the bright lights with each loud "boom". It was so loud that it kept my husband and I awake, and our windows were rattling with each blast. If it can do that from 5 miles away, I have no doubt it is the reason for the deterioration of this guys house.
ben

United States

#21 Mar 31, 2011
I lived 500 yards from hoover rock quarry all my life and they shook the hell out of our house. When we moved the house was still in good shape.

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