The Orange County Board of Supervisors have approved a permit requested by General Shale Brick to strip mine 89 acres in Barboursville. The 3-1 vote came despite a tremendous outcry from concerned citizens, who intend to file a lawsuit against the county for their decision. The proposed site for the shale mine is within 1,000 feet of 30 homes, in the Madison-Barbour Historic District. The Friends of Barboursville, an organization created to oppose the mining operation, has an excellent website with lots of details. Keri Schwab has the story in today’s Progress.