Gravel pit review not a rocky one |

Gravel pit review not a rocky one

A year-old sand and gravel pit near Rifle graded well in an annual review conducted by Garfield County Commissioners this week.

Commissioners expressed satisfaction that the Mamm Creek Sand and Gravel operation is meeting the conditions of the special use permit issued by the county last year, but also required another review in a year.

Commissioner Tresi Houpt said she would like to see annual reviews of all sand and gravel pits and other industrial operations in the county. That would provide a good opportunity to touch base with those operations and monitor environmental impacts, she said.

The Mamm Creek operation is owned by Lafarge West, Gypsum Ranch Co. LLC and James and Jean Snyder.

Brothers Doug and Dan Grant, who operate another gravel pit nearby, opposed the new pit before its opening and continued to voice objections to it at the commissioners’ meeting this week.

Doug Grant said the operation is creating noise, traffic and wildlife and other impacts in violation of its special use permit.

However, David McConaughy, an attorney representing Lafarge, disputed that contention.

He noted that the operation also is governed by permits from numerous regulatory agencies on the state and federal level.

“We have not a single agency saying that we have a violation of any of these numerous and multiple permits,” he said.

Said Houpt, “I have to put faith in the applicants that they will continue to comply with the resolutions in place.”

Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516

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