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Citizens Trying to Block Minnesota Quarry

A citizens group is trying to block a proposed quarry on the western edge of Minnesota, saying it will spoil a scenic landscape of rock outcroppings and prairie. Strata Corp., Grand Forks, N.D., wants to develop a 104-acre quarry adjacent to the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge between Ortonville and Odessa.

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Liberty Quarry Suffers Another Setback

Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry project in Temecula, Calif., suffered another setback. According to news reports, Riverside County, Calif., supervisors voted 3-2 against the proposed 414-acre quarry to be located between Temecula’s southern border and the San Diego County line.

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Frac Sand Mine Approved

LaSalle County, Ill., officials voted to grant Mississippi Sand LLC permission to operate a sand mine on a stretch of farmland immediately east of Starved Rock State Park, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Lafarge Seeks Expansion in Georgia

Lafarge Southeast Aggregates is seeking to add 6.45 acres to its Flowery Branch, Ga., operation, so the quarry can shore up its southwestern buffer and finish mining a corner of the existing property. The company is seeking a rezoning and annexation of the property.

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Connecticut Quarry Opposed

According to TheDay.com, aggregates producer Kobyluck Brothers LLC filed a lawsuit against the Waterford, Conn., Planning and Zoning Commission charging that the commission changed its zoning regulations specifically to preclude the sand and gravel company from building a stone products manufacturing facility on Industrial Drive.

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