What is Rocky Mountain Resources proposing?
- Expansion of the current 15.7-acre quarry to a highly visible mine of 321 acres, within a total permit area of 447 acres.
- Blasting and crushing 5 million tons of rock per year over the next 20-plus years.
- Operations seven days a week, year-round.
- Development of a new haul route along Transfer Trail, from the mine to Highway 6.
- Hauling truckloads of rock on Highway 6 and Devereux Road to a rail load-out facility near the Colorado River, up to 450 round trips per day.
- Filling up to 50,000 railroad freight cars per year, or 137 per day, near the center of Glenwood.
- Moving aggregate 200-plus miles east by rail to RMR’s Rocky Mountain Rail Park, near Denver International Airport, for the Front Range construction market.
What are the impacts?
- A mine scar running 1,800 vertical feet down the mountainside, visible from most of Glenwood.
- Constant truck traffic between the mine and rail yard, one truck in each direction every 96 seconds, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
- Noise from rock blasting, crushing, loading and hauling.
- Dust, air pollution and carbon emissions.
- Use of water to control dust at the mine.
- Potential risk of polluted storm runoff or debris flows from the exposed mine area.
- Destruction of habitat for wildlife, including deer, bighorn sheep, bear, mountain lion, bald eagles, hawks, songbirds and bats.
What are the consequences?
- Long-term daily impacts to quality of life for residents and visitors.
- Acute impacts to vital tourist attractions: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge & Pool.
- Disruptions to boating, fishing, activities at Two Rivers Park, and recreation on Transfer Trail.
- Severe impacts to the community, including truck traffic, dust, noise, light pollution, health risks and unsightly visuals.
- Congestion and road damage from heavy truck traffic on Highway 6, Devereux Road and Devereux Bridge.
- Potential decline in property values, tax revenues and community vitality.
These photos show the proposed expansion of the Transfer Trail mine. The current mining area is seen on the bottom right in blue.
Mine expansion as seen from Glenwood Springs High School.
Mine expansion as seen from Glenwood Meadows shopping area.
Mine expansion as seen from above looking north. The second slide shows the view near Glenwood Caverns.
Mine expansion as seen from Glenwood Meadows.
Mine expansion as seen from near Iron Mountain Hot Springs.
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