Re "Digging in for quarry fight" (Page A1, Feb. 17): The quarry will extract andesite, a harder and rarer rock than standard gravel. The plant would recycle asphalt and concrete that now goes to local landfills.
The article says the Amador County Board of Supervisors approved the project in October and "That was before West decided to make a stand."
I heard Fraser West, very familiar with the project, speak at the hearing before the supervisors approved the project.
This "untouched environment" has been mined since the Civil War. The suit claims up to 200 trucks a day would rumble along area roadways, but the product will move by rail. This reduces noise, fuel consumption and pollution and probably saves the railroad for county's economic future.
West is portrayed as a victim, but more than anything else, he appears to be used as part of the strategy of a propaganda campaign.
-- Mark L. Bennett, Pine Grove
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