North / South America
Cemex mining project denied
Jun, 01 2012
The decision came as a pleasant surprise to those who opposed to the operation.
But the company behind the project still has one shot left.
The group known as Friends of Jesse Morrow Mountain continued its rock solid stance against the proposed mining project, using whatever they could to persuade the Fresno County Planning Commission.
Geoligists warned of landslides.
David Sears, Geologist: "If one of those landslides were to go down and close 180 or even worse, close the Friant-Kern Canal, the liability would be high."
Others pleaded with the planning commission, speaking from personal experience.
"That's how I go to sleep. Fetal position. Ears plugged. Because the Vulcan plant goes off at night grinding their gravel."
Cemex, a materials corporation, wanted to put in a rock quarry, and asphalt plant on the mountain.
Representatives pleaded their case as well, saying the mining operation would provide supplies for much needed infrastructure projects.
Sara Engdahl, Cemex Spokesperson: "But it would also supply much needed jobs to this region, upwards of 100, both indirect and direct."
The planning commission denied Cemex's application.
It came as a surprise to the Friends of Jesse Morrow Mountain, who've been fighting this uphill battle for years.
Toni Pacini, Lives Near Morrow Mtn.: "I'm telling you, I'm happier. We've been here 5 years. We were considering moving on, but not now."
Dr. Eugene Otto, Pres. Friends of Jesse Morrow Mtn.: "We certainly have been the underdog in the whole procedure, because it's all been stacked against us as far as the meetings."
Cemex will now appeal the planning commission's decision to the board of supervisors. A spokesperson says that should happen within 60 days.
Friends of Jesse Morrow Mountain say if that appeal is made, they too will follow up with the Board of Supervisors.
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