Austin Quarry quarry gets go-ahead from county supervisors

Vulcan Materials’ proposed Austin Quarry quarry has the OK from county supervisors despite heated debate, reports

The vote is in but concerns linger about the future of the proposed Austin Quarry in Madera County. After nearly 12 contentious hours of debate, the Madera County Board of Supervisors, California,  finally made a decision – voting 3 to 2 in favor of the project.

More than a hundred supporters and a hundred opponents signed up to speak and the passion was heated on both sides. The morning of testimonies at the Madera County Government Center then turned into an afternoon of deliberation.

“As we get the opportunity to sit down and work them, they’ll find us to be a good neighbor. Everything we’ve told you about our over 400 quarries is true. We work with our local communities,” Michael Linton with the company said.

Brett Frazier represents the neighborhood that would be most affected by construction. He and another board member voted “no” because families were afraid the project would dry up wells and cause traffic problems on the road.

“I care deeply for my community,” he said. “And it was evident they were scared today, and I’ll work hard to make sure they’re taken care of after the fact.”

But the majority of board members voted for the project. They say the opposition led by Madera Quarry, a competing company, used scare tactics and spread false information about the project to neighbors.

“They started out by saying there was no demand for material and no need for another quarry,” District 2 supervisor David Roger said. “But the fact is they themselves are expanding their quarry.”

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