NM basalt mine plan draws fire from residents

Posted at: 02/03/2014 9:18 AM
By: The Associated Press

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LA BAJADA MESA, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque company's plan to mine basalt near the villages of Cerrillos and Madrid is drawing fire from some area residents.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rockology and development company Buena Vista Estates recently applied to rezone and mine a 50-acre parcel of land on a mesa near the villages.

Buena Vista Estates owns more than 5,000 acres, which are currently for sale, on the mesa.

Diane Senior, who lives in a solar-powered home with a view of the entire mesa, says the mine would be a destructive use of the land.

The black basalt rock is prized as the crushed material used in asphalt, roadway base course and ready-mix concrete.

An application hearing is scheduled Feb. 20 before the Santa Fe County Development Review Committee.

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