Lawrence County residents fighting proposed rock quarry
DEADWOOD (AP) -- Lawrence County's planning and zoning board has recommended the approval of a rock quarry that some area residents are fervently speaking out against.
DEADWOOD (AP) - Lawrence County's planning and zoning board has recommended the approval of a rock quarry that some area residents are fervently speaking out against.
Rapid City-based Mountain View Ranches LLC is seeking a county permit for a 192-acre quarry off Crook City Road. Only 10 acres would be operated at a time, and land would be reclaimed as the work progressed, the company said.
The company plans to produce an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 tons of sand, gravel and rock at the site each year.
About 20 residents spoke in opposition of and no one spokes in favor of the proposed quarry at a board meeting Thursday, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Spearfish resident James Weaver, who said he owns property north and west of the proposed quarry, argues that the quarry would jeopardize several of the area's historic trails, including the Pierre to Deadwood, Sidney to Deadwood and Bismarck to Deadwood trails.
"Those trails would be obliterated by quarry activities," Weaver said.
Centennial Valley resident Les Howard believes the "small-scale" designation assigned to the permit application is a misnomer.
"This is not a short-term thing," Howard said. "You're affecting that valley significantly for the next three, four, five generations."
Other residents said they're worried about dust, damage to roadways, public safety and potential blasting effects on area wells.
"We already have air pollution, noise pollution and damage to the roads from trucks," said Arco Potter, who lives across from the proposed site. He said the only people who would benefit from the quarry are the owners.
The board is recommending that the County Commission approve a permit with several conditions aimed at limiting the quarry's impacts on the surrounding area.