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County, open space district seek to protect ridge from mining

Original post made on Jun 19, 2021

Santa Clara County and the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on Thursday proposed to join forces to protect a portion of ridgetop in the Santa Cruz Mountains from mining.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 19, 2021, 9:41 AM

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Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 19, 2021 at 9:25 pm

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In addition to centuries of aesthetic blight from strip mining, cooking limestone to make cement liberates huge amounts of carbon dioxide

Posted by Parker Whitcomb
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 20, 2021 at 9:40 am

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Most of the gravel, cement, and by-product pollutants emanating out of the Permanente quarry went towards various 'approved' infrastructure improvements and private commercial and/or residential developments.

Why not simply hold the consumers responsible?

As Walt Kelly wrote years ago in Pogo, "We have met the enemy and it is us."

Lopping off the top of a ridge won't make the quarry any more ugly (or beautiful) than it already is.

Posted by TimR
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 20, 2021 at 10:45 am

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Wind turbines have huge cement foundations, so it looks like renewable energy goals will have to be lowered, if companies aren't allowed to increase mining of materials needed for cement. Can't have it both ways.

Posted by Lucien Zabriski
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 20, 2021 at 1:39 pm

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It's too late to turn back the clocks and calendars as it is what it is and the price we pay for progress.

A gravel pit adjacent to Stevens Creek Dam in Cupertino should be of no major concern to Palo Alto residents.

Perhaps it's best to stick with more directly related issues and concerns.

Let the folks residing in Monta Vista mull over this alleged problem.

Posted by JH
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 21, 2021 at 5:42 pm

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Who believes that Lehigh will eventually restore the mined areas to match adjacent wooded areas??? Typically, these companies disappear/fold at that time and the public has to pay to restore the land. Get Lehigh to post a bond or cash for the amount of the eventual restoration costs.

Posted by Fr0hickey
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 21, 2021 at 8:28 pm

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Lehigh should mine it and make an artificial lake/reservoir. We need the water storage capacity.

Posted by Phil Carmody
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 22, 2021 at 8:42 am

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"Lehigh should mine it and make an artificial lake/reservoir. We need the water storage capacity."

Uh...Stevens Creek Reservoir is only a stone's throw away from the quarry.

And besides, any earthquake-related flooding from TWO reserviors so close in proximity would spell disaster for those residing in south Los Altos and Monte Vista/Cupertino.

Posted by Teri Baron
a resident of another community
on Jul 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm

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Reasonable overall view of the project, but I wanted to mention that the picture you used showing the 1972 limits of the easement, is the picture Lehigh used in their initial materials showing what the ridgeline would look like AFTER they take what they are currently proposing. This picture does not reflect what the ridgeline currently looks like. Really not much difference though. Please check Lehigh's original application submission from 2019.

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