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SCPR: Company wants delay on quarry mine near sacred site

"Riverside County planning commissioners will consider postponing a decision Wednesday on whether to approve a contested quarry project near Temecula. Liberty Quarry would cut into the foothills a few miles south of the city. But the company behind the project is asking for a delay.

The company, Granite Construction, says it wants more time to meet with leaders of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The tribe opposes the quarry over concerns that it would desecrate land sacred to the Pechanga people.

That prompted lawmakers to draft a state Senate bill to ban mining near any Indian land. Now, a state legislative committee is urging both sides to work out a compromise that might forestall a new law.

“We’re hoping with the encouragement of the Senate that they wanted to meet, that we could meet and come to some sort of agreement, says Granite spokeswoman Karrie Reuther."

Get the Story:
Proposed law sponsored by Pechangas could derail Temecula quarry (Southern California Public Radio 8/29)

Also Today:
Pechanga: No Need to Delay Quarry Vote (Temecula Patch 8/28)
Company Seeks To Delay Liberty Quarry Vote (Temecula Patch 8/28)
Quarry meeting still on for now (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 8/27)

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Pechanga Band pushes bill to stop quarry mine near sacred site (8/5)
Opinion: Pechanga Band helps build case against quarry mine (6/29)
Pechanga Band continues fight against proposed quarry mine (6/23)
Pechanga Band says quarry mine will destroy sacred site (4/27)

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