NC Senator Wiley Nickel made a big announcement on September 19, 2019 on his Facebook page:
“We need to protect the Umstead State Park and stop the RDU Quarry.
I have no control over the Raleigh City Council and the decisions they make. However, as a State Senator I do have influence over the response from the State of North Carolina.
In the event that the lawsuit goes as expected my office has lined up multiple sources of revenue for RDU and will present the airport with a Plan B for their consideration. My plan would allow RDU to get paid the same amount of money they would have received under the Wake Stone lease as long as they keep this land intact and dedicated to nature. This beautiful land should be preserved for ALL Wake county residents, our children, their children and so on.
I want to leave our kids a legacy that includes more park land and open space, not a 400 foot hole in the ground.”
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