Pennsylvania Quarry Expansion Hits a Snag

Plans for a sand and gravel mining operation in Lawrence County, Pa., hit a procedural snag when New Beaver Council denied a developer’s conditional use request, according to The Times. The council in a 6-1 vote rejected Three Rivers Aggregates’ application to build part of a 100-acre surface mine on commercially zoned private property after residents publicly objected to the project. 

As proposed, the mine would have spanned three parcels of land – two zoned agricultural with permitting mineral mining without special permission. The third is commercially zoned property south of Route 18, east of Glenkirk Road and west of Newport Road that requires conditional use approval. Three Rivers’ full-scope permit application is still in review by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The existing plan includes 95.5 surface acres of rock removal and a 133-acre permitting area.

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