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Frac Sand Mine Approved

LaSalle County, Ill., officials voted to grant Mississippi Sand LLC permission to operate a sand mine on a stretch of farmland immediately east of Starved Rock State Park, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Connecticut Quarry Opposed

According to TheDay.com, aggregates producer Kobyluck Brothers LLC filed a lawsuit against the Waterford, Conn., Planning and Zoning Commission charging that the commission changed its zoning regulations specifically to preclude the sand and gravel company from building a stone products manufacturing facility on Industrial Drive.

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Raleigh Quarry Gets New Opposition

A plan developed by Martin Marietta Materials to alter its quarry operation in Raleigh, N.C., has more of its neighbors concerned. The company has proposed to shift a road to the north and expand its quarry by almost 20 acres into land it already owns, according to local media. Neighbors living near the quarry say the plans infringe on their property and fear that if the company expands, blasts from the quarry will increase in proximity and frequency.

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Liberty Quarry Update

Granite Construction’s appeal to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for reconsideration of plans for a quarry near Temecula, Calif., will be the subject of another round of hearings, according to MyDesert.com.

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Ottawa Quarry Expansion Questioned

Local media in Canada is reporting that the potential expansion of a rural sand quarry south of Ottawa is pitting neighbors against each other in a clash of the agriculture and construction industries. Lafarge is looking to expand its sand quarry near Kemptville to the displeasure of some residents.

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