Judge OKs new Frontier Stone quarry in New York

Frontier Stone, Shelby, NY, is set to open a new 215.5-acre stone quarry in southern Shelby, adjoining the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge following  approval by an administrative law judge for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, reports Buffalo News.

Judge D Scott Bassinson found in a ruling on July 27 that none of the objections raised by opponents of the project, including the Shelby Town Board and a group of citizens, were serious enough to hold up the project.

Complaints raised included vibration from blasting, noise, impact on local wildlife and possible damage to plans to construct a semiconductor plant in northern Genesee County, about five miles from the quarry site. The ruling noted that in some instances, the company had altered its application to take objections into account.

Bassinson gave the opponents until August 18 to appeal his order. Otherwise, he is directing the DEC staff to complete its environmental review of the project and issue a permit to Frontier Stone.

The proposed quarry would be established in four phases, over 75 years. Growth would happen gradually with only 11.6 acres mined in the first 11 years, allowing the surrounding agricultural land to continue to be farmed by the current landowners, Frontier Stone says on its website.

“Phase One and Two would take place over a 30-year period, in the southernmost part of the site. Land closest to Fletcher Chapel Road will simulatneously be farmed by the current property owner, during that time.”

“The expected lifespan of this proposed mine is 75 years, after which the land will be reclaimed.  The reclamation plan includes developing the quarry areas into two lakes after  mining is complete. These lakes will provide another productive habitat for fauna, particularly waterfowl,” the company says.

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