A group of concerned property owners, public officials and members of the Chalk Mountain Foundation will attend today's meeting of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to show their opposition to Slick Machines' plan to crush rock on Chalk Mountain.

    At the meeting, commissioners could decide to approve or reject the permit application or refer the case to the State Office of Administrative Hearings.

    The permit is scheduled  to be the first agenda item when commissioners meet at 9:30 a.m.

    The meeting will be held at TCEQ's office 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, in north Austin.

    No one in attendance will be allowed to speak during the meeting, but the Chalk Mountain Foundation's attorney may have an opportunity.

    “While we cannot speak, we have spoken through the numerous requests for contested case hearings and letters of protest against the rock crusher,” said Darrell Best, one of the foundation's founders and a Chalk Mountain resident.

    He has been encouraging as many people from Somervell County to attend as possible to “send a message to the commissioners and the State Office of Administrative Hearings that this is an issue the whole county opposes.

    “Even though we cannot speak, we want the message sent to keep the rock crushers off of Chalk Mountain,” Best said.

    He added that meeting could be a “tipping point for our county and determine the vision for Somervell County for the next five years.”