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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Legislators Seek to Protect Land in New Mexico

According to the NM Political Report, the four Democrats in New Mexico’s congressional delegation are pushing to have 4,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land removed from mineral development, in particular gravel mining, in Sandoval County near Placitas, N.M. Rep. Melanie Stansbury introduced the Buffalo Tract Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill is co-sponsored by…

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Quarry Plan in Maine Cause for Concern

A proposed quarry has shaken some Sebago, Maine, residents and they are urging townspeople to vote in support of a moratorium banning mines, gravel pits and quarries in the Village District. Gorham Sand & Gravel, the Buxton, Maine-based company that plans to open the quarry off Route 11, said it wants to work with residents to ensure that its operation…

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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…

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