Neighbors concerned as Piedmont Lithium moves to begin mining in Gaston County

From batteries to certain medicines, lithium is a key component in things we use every day. 

Now, a global comany wants to mine the material in Gaston County, but this could mean blasting and drilling every day off Dallas-Cherryville Highway. 

[ALSO READ: Piedmont Lithium zeroes in on Charlotte region for $500M mining operation]

Resident Elaine Payne said she fears her home of 34 years, tucked in the rural end of northeastern Gaston County is about to change. 

"We thought we'd be here forever," Payne said. "The noise, the danger to the environment. We will probably have to move."

Watch the video above as our Gaston County reporter Ken Lemon got a look at the project and heard from neighbors about their concerns. 

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