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New Beaver denies gravel mine permit; company mulls next steps

An open field near Glen Kirk Road on Thursday afternoon in New Beaver, Lawrence County.  Three Rivers Aggregates is requesting a surface mine permit for sand and gravel in the area.

NEW BEAVER — Plans for a sand and gravel mining operation in Lawrence County hit a procedural snag Wednesday when New Beaver Council denied a developer’s conditional use request. 

Council in a 6-1 vote rejected Three Rivers Aggregates’ application to build part of a 100-acre surface mine on commercially zoned private property after hordes of residents publicly objected to the project. 

Councilwoman Barbara Majors was the lone dissent, with members voting down the request after a 30-minute executive session.

As proposed, the mine would have spanned three parcels of land – two zoned agricultural and permitting mineral mining without special permission. The third is commercially zoned property south of Route 18, east of Glenkirk Road and west of Newport Road that requires conditional use approval. 

Three Rivers’ full-scope permit application is still in review by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The existing plan includes 95.5 surface acres of rock removal and a 133-acre permitting area. 

More:New Beaver gravel mine decision postponed amid complaints

New Beaver residents and longtime homeowners condemned the enterprise early on, sharing concerns about contaminated spring water, air and ground pollution, threats to wildlife, dust, heavy noise and industrial vehicle traffic in the agricultural community. 

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