On March 31, the Garfield County Community Development Department issued a second Notice of Violation to Rocky Mountain Industrials for continuing to mine, crush and stockpile limestone for the second winter in a row. Garfield County also sent the notice to Larry Sandoval, field manager for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Silt. BLM also …
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.
Love Glenwood Springs Virtual Art Show
Due to the novel coronavirus and the essential need for social distancing, the Love Glenwood Springs Art Show event has been canceled. Instead, we are posting a virtual art show, our way of offering a peaceful respite in these troubling times.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will share some of the wonderful pieces of art that local artists are creating that express why they “Love Glenwood Springs.”
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