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Colorado tourist town commits $1.25M to fight quarry

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-16 16:46:01-05

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) — The leader of a western Colorado community that relies on tourism is vowing to do everything he can to stop the proposed expansion of a nearby limestone quarry.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes called the proposal by RMR Industrial a “regional threat” in announcing the city’s campaign against it Friday. He said the city is committing $1.25 million to fight the expansion but promised to provide any other needed resources.

The Bureau of Land Management is starting an environmental review of the proposal to expand the quarry from 23 to 321 acres and remove millions of tons of rock a year.

RMR didn’t respond to requests for comment on the campaign but previously said the quarry is a “healthy commercial alternative” that will employ 100 people.

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Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/