More delays expected on La Bajada mesa mine plan

August 22, 2014 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe County Commission may sidestep a decision on a proposed 50-acre basalt mine on La Bajada mesa a little longer.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports ( [auth] commissioners are scheduled to vote next week an ordinance that would place a 12-month moratorium on developments with countywide impacts. Those developments would include landfills, junkyards, and sand and gravel mining that requires blasting.

Under the ordinance, new or existing development applications, like the one for a basalt mine on La Bajada mesa, would be affected.

Commissioners postponed a final decision last week on an application by Rockology and Buena Vista Estates to create a mining zone on the La Bajada escarpment.

Rockology wants to mine basalt and crush it into aggregate for construction material.

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