State and Province News August 2013
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Martin Marietta partnered with the Onslow County Public Library to hold the ‘Be a Rock Star’ program. JDNews.com reports that the program was open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Company representatives explained how rocks form and how they are used. Samples of rocks and fossils were also displayed. The program was held at the main library and two branches over three dates throughout the summer.
The Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s plan to find a contractor to mine 422 acres at the now-closed Opalocka West General Aviation Airport as a way to help cover the cost of the Miami International Airport expansion hit some turbulence when it issued a bid notice. Terms drew protests from local aggregate producers, according to MiamiTodayNews.com, and several changes are being proposed. These include a change from lowest bid to negotiations that would consider factors other than price; the transportation department and county would negotiate price payment rather than keep all revenue excluding the mining company’s costs; and, while the operator would have to “make reasonable efforts” to confine limestone sales to Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties, sales within those counties would not be mandatory.
The Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP) will host its annual golf outing and dinner on Aug. 26, at the Panther Creek Country Club and Piper Glen Golf Club in Springfield. The $60 ticket price covers green fees, cart rental, cocktails, and dinner. Half of the ticket price will support the IAAP Political Action Committee, while the other half will support the IAAP Illinois Teachers Workshop. Contact IAAP office manager Glenda Schoening at 217-241-1639 to register.
Some residents of Tippecanoe County told WLFI they are upset about the prospect of a quarry near their homes. The television news outlet reports that Bill Miller, who lives across the street from the proposed site, began collecting signatures on a petition to be given to the Department of Natural Resources. He noted concerns about water quality, blasting, and wildlife. “To meet the growing construction needs of the area, Rogers Group is exploring options for a new quarry near Americus,” Rogers spokesperson Tom Kenley said. “As always, we will work closely with elected officials to see that regulations and requirements are met. We also plan to meet directly with those in the neighborhood to address any concerns.”
Douglas County Commissioners are being asked to put stricter limits on N.R. Hamm, Inc.’s Hamm-Buchheim Quarry following recently resumed activity at the site. According to LJWorld.com, a January blast registered 0.565 peak particle velocity on seismic monitors at a neighboring residence. The operation’s conditional-use permit calls for annual reviews, but none were conducted when the site was inactive. In October 2012, it resumed operations.
At Aggregates Manager press time, a proposed quarry permitting ordinance was expected to be put to a vote during a Mount Desert town meeting. Fenceviewer.com reports the ordinance was created by a special citizen’s advisory committee. The town had a moratorium on quarrying as the ordinance was being developed. More than 55 people attended the first review of the ordinance, with several residents speaking out in favor of allowing quarrying.
Millington Quarry Inc.’s reclamation plans are generating lots of opinions, but little discussion, according to newjerseyhills.com. It reports that the operator and its predecessor previously imported fill soil to pad the site, but some soil was found to include contaminants. Bernards Township ordered it to stop importing soil, and the operator sued, but the litigation has been on hold as reclamation plans are being reviewed. Meanwhile, the township planning board, after 17 hearings of expert testimony, approved an interim reclamation plan that would not allow imported soil to cover acreage intended for residential development. Finally, because the objections were outlined in a letter, rather than voiced directly, the township attorney advised the township committee “not to place any reliance” on its letter because it didn’t follow proper procedure. The planning board was expected to review the environmental commission’s letter in a closed session with its attorney.
An Athens County Sheriff’s deputy was injured while chasing a suspect in a scrap-metal theft at a local aggregates operation. The Athens News reports that Lt. Steve Sedwick tore ligaments in his knee while chasing a suspect. The injured deputy was expected to miss several weeks of work. He and two other officers were called to Cochran’s Sand and Gravel on a report that three people were stealing scrap metal, including aluminum running boards from the operation’s dump truck, a power takeoff drive from the truck, two pulleys, a large metal pin from a bulldozer, a machine drive, and a grease pump. The items were valued at $3,000 to $4,000. Authorities said they believe they have identified one suspect.
Gill Quarries Inc. and East Norriton Township met earlier this year to discuss the operator’s reclamation plans after the township filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board regarding those plans. According to The Times Herald, the discussions resulted in an agreement that would allow the township to receive a tipping fee of 1.5 percent of the fees received and collected by the site as part of its reclamation plans to fill the pit with clean fill. The company is now accepting truckloads of clean fill and will begin paying tipping fees to the township on Jan. 1, 2014.
Pennsy Supply agreed to preserve 400 acres around two Luzerne County trout streams in exchange for permission to mine 184 acres through its Small Mountain Quarry. The Standard Speaker reports that the operator signed an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve 100 acres around a trout stream near its quarry in Dorrance. It also purchased the conservation rights on another 300 acres from the Earth Conservancy. With approvals from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Pennsy is now set to quarry a 316-acre site, which includes previously permitted land.
An ’80s tribute band was expected to kick off the 26th annual Quarry Days at the Dell City Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s “Rock the Quarry” Concert. A golf tournament, baseball game, car show, fire safety event, and 5k run/walk event are all part of the festivities. The Dell Rapids Tribune reports that L.G. Everist will offer train rides, while mud racing, a hip hop talent show, and Little Miss Quarry Days Pageant round out the activities.
As it nears its first anniversary, the Kalum Quarry, owned and operated by the Kitsumkalum First Nation, is nearing full operation. The Terrace Standard reports that the Terrace, British Columbia, operation has two rail spurs and a 20-year contract with Canadian Northern Railway. Two contractors, White Bear Industries Ltd. and Wayne Hansen Construction Ltd., provide crushing and drilling, while the site employs nine workers for other positions.
In mid-June, a worker at a quarry near Bissett, Manitoba, had to run for cover when a pair of men reportedly opened fire on the site. According to www.cjob.com, the police were called to the site after shots were fired. Two suspects, Michael John Shrindruk and Kelly-Ross Gratton were arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. They face numerous charges, including attempted murder. In addition, a total of six firearms were seized.