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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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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