The Riverside County Planning Commission rejected Granite Construction’s proposed Liberty Quarry August 31, but the fight isn’t over yet for the Native American tribe and environmental groups who oppose it.
According to Signonsandiego.com, the commission sited potential health risks as its reason for not approving the 414-acre proposed quarry that would be built just north of San Diego County near the City of Temecula.
“Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the approval of a huge open-pit mine on the Temecula border which would destroy the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve currently located on the proposed quarry site, as well as our clean air quality, home values and the booming tourist industry in our area,” writes the activist group Save Our Southwest Hills on its website.
The project is also opposed by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians because there are sites sacred to them in the proposed quarry area.
The final decision lies with the county’s board of supervisors because Granite Construction plans on appealing the commission’s decision. Sign On San Diego estimates that won’t happen until the end of the year.