City of Glenwood Springs Streets Department staffers Travis Payne and Brett Blodgett, center, work with Jeff Peterson, right, to install the large informational sign at the lower Transfer Trail parking lot. Glenwood Springs Post Independent photographer Chelsea Self, left, captures the action. A City of Glenwood Springs maintenance crew installed signs at the lower Transfer Trail …
Stop the Transfer Trail Limestone Quarry expansion
The Glenwood Springs area community is standing together in opposition to a proposed expansion of the Transfer Trail limestone quarry.
Rocky Mountain Industrials (RMI) is proposing to expand the existing Transfer Trail limestone quarry from the current 20 acres to a highly visible open pit mine of 321 acres.
Here’s what the proposal looks like:
Mining the Mountain
Scraping all vegetation up to the horizon. Blasting and digging 175 feet deep to mine out the limestone layer.
Hauling the rock
Hauling crushed rock by truck to the rail yard, up to 450 round-trips per day. Loading rock, car by car, all day long, into an idling freight train.
20 years of disruption
Blasting, crushing, loading and hauling operations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 365 days a year, for at least 20 years.
The quarry and the expansion area are all on public land
These public lands are managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A public process now under way by BLM will determine whether the mine proposal is approved or denied.
We have a say in what happens!
Please join us in this cause to protect our community, our economy and our environment.
Our thriving economy is under threat
Mountain beauty, relaxing hot springs and family fun have drawn people to Glenwood Springs for decades. People vacation here to enjoy our hot springs resorts and healthy activities, including skiing, hiking, cycling, boating and fishing. Business and jobs thrive in our stable economy.
Mining impacts are unacceptable
The quarry expansion would create a barren scar up to the horizon line and nearly a mile wide – a wound that would never heal. Other daily impacts include truck traffic, noise, dust, glaring lights, air pollution, carbon emissions, and destruction of a forested slope and wildlife habitat.
Help us stop the mine expansion
The quarry and all of the expansion area are on public lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. We have a say in what happens! Learn about the proposal put forth by Rocky Mountain Industrials, track the permitting process, and find out how you can make a difference.
I Spy Energy video: 7 Facts About the Mine Expansion
A new episode of the YouTube video blog “I Spy Energy” takes a fun look at the not-so-fun impacts of the Transfer Trail limestone mine expansion proposal.
Emily Beck of Boulder, star and producer, uses the 6-minute episode to break down the mine expansion proposal into seven basic facts, using football fields, pickup trucks, haul trucks and freight trains to show just how big and obnoxious the mine would be.
Watch the video here.
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