The Madera County Planning Commission recently approved Vulcan Materials Company’s development of the Austin Quarry to be located at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 145. Austin Quarry will impact Fresno residents in the following ways:
1. Local roads are not built for the 25-ton trucks used to transport the aggregate. Up to 1,600 truck trips will be made daily; 74.5 percent of them will head south on Highway 41 adding 1,192 trucks to traffic, causing more congestion, accidents, pollution and structural damage.
2. Air pollution will increase from the blasting done to mine the aggregate. Dust and the chemicals used for blasting will be blown within the Fresno city limits which is only eight miles from the quarry site.
3. The Austin Quarry is within the critically overdrafted Madera groundwater sub-basin. This basin is connected to the water flowing to Fresno. Austin Quarry will waste 1.8 million gallons of water every day!
On Sept. 12, at 9 a.m., the Madera County Board of Supervisors will meet at 200 W. 4th St. in Madera to vote on the Austin Quarry development. Please join concerned residents at the meeting. Despite the planning commission’s vote, it ain’t over yet!
Paige Sanders, Madera