A world rocked – Communities clamor for regulation as Texas mining industry explodes
According to the KVUE Defender, there were 52 rock mining operations in 2012. Today, there are over 900+ operations, many of them controversial quarries. Williamson County has the most rock mining operations with 34 (the total number of counties in Texas is 254).
“…the growth of quarry and aggregate producing facilities is also spurred on by Texas’ lax regulatory environment. Quarries here generally face no extensive application process. The state hasn’t examined the environmental impact of the proliferating operations, despite mounting concerns from neighbors and the medical community. And Texas has no process to ensure restoration of mined lands in most parts of the state, allowing operators to simply walk away from massive pockmarked properties.”
– Austin American Statesman article (part 1)
Link to a 3 part series featured in the Austin American Statesman
Left in the Dust
KVUE Defender’s three part video series on rock quarries in the area.
Part 1 https://tinyurl.com/y363nc7f
Part 2 https://tinyurl.com/y2gucz3k
Part 3 https://tinyurl.com/y6y8tvyp