Reports from Tennessee and California

•   According to The Claiborne Progress, some community members maintain that The Rogers Group’s quarry operation in Speedwell, Tenn., “is ruining the land and polluting the air and water while The Rogers Group shows no regard.” This exaggeration was disputed hands-down by The Rogers Group, which stated, “Crushed stone from the plant in Speedwell is being used in the…

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Permitting – July 2022

The United States District Court reinstated mining contracts for CEMEX’s Soledad Canyon operation in California, according to KHTS News. The ruling by the United States District Court vacated the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) decision in 2019 and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decision in 2015 that confirmed expiration of contracts on July 31, 2020.   American Aggregates of…

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Reports from Michigan and Utah

A Michigan sand and gravel mine operator has issued a stern warning to officials in rural Washtenaw County after suffering a setback in its pursuit of permits for a new mine on 400 acres of farmland, according to Michigan Live. In a March 30 letter, an attorney for Michigan Materials & Aggregate Co., also known as Stoneco, threatened legal action…

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Reports from Rhode Island, Canada, California

Charlestown, R.I., council members passed two resolutions calling on action from the state as Charlestown joins a growing list of communities that are seeking to resurrect legislation first presented in 2016 that would let towns better regulate and monitor quarry activity. The resolutions, which were presented by councilor Bonnie Van Slyke and passed unanimously, take aim at addressing combinations of…

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Reports From California, North Carolina

A mining and reclamation project was approved by Yolo County, Calif., supervisors following a lengthy presentation, deliberation and public comment session, according to the Daily Democrat. The Teichert Shifler Mining and Reclamation project involves an application to establish a new mining operation to extract sand and gravel aggregate along lower Cache Creek. Referred to as the Teichert Shifler operation, the…

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Reports From Pennsylvania, Utah, New Jersey, Ontario

A company planning to mine for sand and gravel in New Beaver, Pa., is taking court action after the borough denied its application in September, according to the Beaver County Times. New Beaver Council denied New Galilee-based Three Rivers Aggregates’ conditional use request in a 6-1 vote following public opposition and lingering questions. Developers filed the appeal in Lawrence County…

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California Quarry Earns Extension

The San Rafael Rock Quarry will be allowed to continue its mining operations through 2044, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The Marin County board of supervisors approved a plan that extends the reclamation plan for another 20 years, despite opposition from some in the community. The Dutra Group, the operator of the quarry, has a vested right to continue…

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Pennsylvania Quarry Plan Faces Opposition

Centre Twp., Pa., residents near a proposed limestone quarry expansion derided the plan, saying they have serious concerns about potential effects on ground water and their farms during a public comment hearing, according to Penn Live.  Centre Stone and Lime Co. of State College, Pa., is proposing to expand the dormant quarry from the modest half an acre to 28…

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