Vulcan Seeks to Expand Georgia Quarry

Vulcan Materials Co.’s quarry in Flowery Branch, Ga., is seeking to grow by nearly 30 acres. The company wants to add property off Friendship and Hog Mountain roads, which surround the quarry at 4195 Friendship Road, along with Blackjack Road. Two parcels being leased to residents will remain occupied, while remaining parcels are vacant, according to city documents, said The…

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OK Industries Gets the Okay in Canada

The Highlands District Community Association is taking a different legal tack in its battle to halt operations of the OK Industries rock quarry off Millstream Road, according to a report in the Oak Bay News. The association’s board unanimously passed a motion to petition the Supreme Court of Canada on whether British Columbia officials should consider climate change more readily…

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Courts Opens Door for New Canadian Operations

A court decision favoring several gravel operations near Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, 40 kilometers northwest of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, compounds threats to the popular area, said advocates for the park, according to a report in the Calgary Herald. In October 2019, Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favor of a challenge by two local landowners near the park who…

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Shelby Materials’ Request Moves Forward

Shelby Gravel Inc. took the first step in its long-term plan to relocate within the county during a recent Shelby County, Ind., Plan Commission meeting, according to the Shelbyville News. The company, which has been in operation since 1951 and is now known as Shelby Materials, bought land in 1999 that it intended to eventually use as a sand and…

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Rhode Island Quarry Resolves Allegations

Both the current and former owner of a quarry property on White Rock Road in Westerley, R.I., have agreed to terms intended to resolve allegations by a state agency of wetlands regulation violations, according to the Westerly Sun. Cherenzia Excavation Inc. of Westerly and Strategic Commercial Realty Inc., an offshoot of Rawson Materials of Putnam, Conn., signed the consent agreement…

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Judge Rules Against Colorado Quarry

Garfield District Court Judge Anne K. Norrdin issued an order granting Garfield County, Colo.’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by Rocky Mountain Industrials (RMI) against the county two years ago, according to SILT. In her June 26 order, Judge Norrdin ruled that the county special use permit “does not authorize unrestricted or unregulated mining activities by RMI,…

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Lehigh Expansion Opposed by County

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. wants to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry near Cupertino, Calif., to increase mining. As part of the amendment, the proposal asks to disturb an area of the “Permanente Ridge” that is about 100 vertical ft. in height and 4,000 ft. across, according to the Palo Alto Times. The company’s proposal would effectively…

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Proposed Operation in Alaska Denied

Quality Asphalt Paving (QAP) and parent company Colaska Inc., part of the international Colas Group, faced community opposition to a proposed aggregates operation. Plans submitted to the borough of Meadow Lakes, Alaska, called for the removal of up to 2 million cu. yd. of gravel from a 105-acre area of the parcel over a 20-year period, with a portable asphalt…

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PERMITTING – JULY 2021

Canadian Gravel Pit Proposed According to the Comox Valley Record, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation spokesperson confirmed the ministry has a Mines Act permit application. The proposed operation would run for no longer than 10 years. A copy of the notice of work application shows the applicant as a numbered company, but the contact person listed…

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PERMITTING – JUNE 2021

Permit Conflict Muddies Tennessee Plant ConstructionVolunteer Sand and Gravel is under fire in Tennessee for ignoring a cease-and-desist letter regarding construction of its plant on the banks of the Duck River. The operator has received some permits, including from the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment (TDEC), but withdrew its application for a permit from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA),…

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