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County Commission to Hear La Bajada Mine Case

Should Santa Fe County allow Rockology basalt operation?

August 11, 2014, 4:45 pm

The Board of Santa Fe County Commissioners is set to hear more public testimony about whether an Albuquerque company should be allowed to mine basalt rock from La Bajada Mesa.

The five county commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing about whether they should accept a request from Rockology and Buena Vista Estates to rezone a 50-acre site off Waldo Canyon Road, south of Interstate 25, to allow for the mining of basalt, a product often used in paving projects. The hearing is set to start at 10 am on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the County Commissioner Chambers, 102 Grant Ave.

The zoning application has brought intense opposition from residents of nearby Cerrrillos and Madrid, who argue the mine would pose livability and environmental issues. 

In a 5-2 vote, Santa Fe County's Development Review Committee recommended that commissioners deny Rockology's request to create the mining zone.

Santa Fe County staffers, meanwhile, say the commissioners should approve the mining zone, contingent on whether the company follows a master plan. 


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