Friends of Mill and Piney Creeks (FoMPC) is a grassroots organization in Izard County, formed because the natural balance of two pristine and treasured creeks was disrupted by the activities of B&H Resources, LLC.
Friends and neighbors started communicating about the obvious negative changes to the creeks and gathered to discuss the problems and develop a strategy to stop the damage. Lacking experience with confronting environmental threats, the group asked Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers for advice and guidance. Meetings were held, letters written, petitions circulated, calls made – and the efforts of this small group combined with members of FNFWR mobilized ADEQ (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality) to evaluate and halt the damage.
This victory was short-lived however. Less than a year later, FoMPC realized that numerous other significant sand mining related mining ventures were materializing. A large frac sand mine was applying for a quarry permit on land that included two creeks that feed into both Mill and Piney Creeks which feed into the White River. The initial concerns of discharge of wastewater into the creeks expanded into a long list of concerns and began to focus on the overall impact of sand mining in Izard County.
Are you interested in finding out more? Find additional information here:
- The Desecration of Mill Creek.
- Mill & Piney Creek Area – What is happening now?
- Frac Sand Mining in Izard County.
- Aren’t There Laws and Rules to Control Mining?
- What Can I Do to Help?
The issues being discussed on this site will continue to evolve and have long term impacts on our watershed. As information is added to these pages we will highlight and provide links to the new information here. Also be sure to follow the ongoing conversations on the blog and forum.