Southern Aggregates battles for Louisiana gravel pit

Southern Aggregates plans to put its loading area 600 feet from its property line have triggered protests from local residents.

A public hearing on amendments to an ordinance that regulates mining of sand and gravel moved forward Thursday night, but residents near a proposed site in Watson continued to voice their opposition to the Livingston Parish Council, South Louisiana, reports Livingston Parish News.

Council members voted 7-1 with one absence in favor of a public hearing that would clear the hurdle for Southern Aggregates LLC to locate a sand-and-gravel mining site on a 230-acre lot adjacent to Oak Hills Subdivision in Watson.

The battle between residents and Southern Aggregates has simmered since August 2014, when the proposal first went public.

Under the proposed ordinance, loading trucks could move gravel and sand only between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. It also sets production hours between 5am and 4:30pm.

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