Cemex to start mining at California site

Cemex is seeking final approvals on two 10-year contracts to mine a 493-acre plot on land in Soledad Canyon near the city of Santa Clarita, California.

The city owns the surface rights but Cemex was awarded mining contracts more than 10 years ago. After a period of an adversarial relationship, the city of Santa Clarita has been working with Cemex for several years to find a mutually beneficial compromise that would avoid the mine and compensate the company.

“Bringing a mine online is a very complex process, and for that reason, I’m not able to answer specifics (about when mining would begin,” said Sara Engdahl, spokeswoman for Cemex.

“The anticipated timeline to begin mining operations is dependent upon several steps the company must take before beginning operations.”

The process could take “many months” to complete, but the company remains “supportive of finding a mutually beneficial solution with the city of Santa Clarita,” she said.

“It is not a break in the partnership,” said Mike Murphy, intergovernmental relations officer for Santa Clarita. “They are very much committed to working with us on a legislative solution – but at the same time they’ve also indicated that they need to look at other options.”

Congressman Steve Knight, R-Santa Clarita, as well as Santa Clarita officials, are committed to a legislative solution, which is something that’s been discussed for more than a dozen years, Knight said Friday.

“I met with Cemex a couple of days ago, but I basically said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to give me a chance at this at least,'” Knight said, expressing frustration over past shortcomings on legislation to stop the mine.

Murphy said a legislative solution was Cemex’ preferred option, but officials are still unclear of the mechanism that would be used in Congress.

Murphy, Knight and other Santa Clarita officials have met with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, R-Calif., to try and figure out whether a new bill would be identical to the last failed measure, SB 2938, or a different iteration altogether.


(Visited 111 times, 1 visits today)

Get involved


As a member of this site you will be able to receive aggregates news relating only to those categories that are most relevant to you, submit job listings for FREE, post questions in the Q&A, and more.

Register Now

Feature your company

The Feature Your Company listing is your custom-made (by us) profile page that allows you to add any of the following content: text, videos, links, images. The page will also be listed on the Featured Company landing page. Over 560 unique aggregates users visit the site per day! Complete the enquiry form now to contact us.

Contact us


Are you looking for an aggregate related job? Click here to see our jobs listing supplied by industry experts United Employment.

See Jobs


Reach thousands of budget holders and decision makers by promoting your company on the longest established aggregate website in the US & Canada. Or advertise in our emails which are sent to opted-in subscribers according to their chosen categories. All advertising will display correctly on tablets and mobiles as this site is responsive.