Quarry expansion battle lands in court

Published: Jul. 8, 2016 at 5:50 PM CDT
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The dispute over a gravel quarry’s expansion plans south of Rapid City was in court Friday as a group of Pennington County residents asked to join the case.

In April the Pennington County Commission reversed a zoning board decision to grant Croell Redi Mix a construction permit to expand operations at a gravel quarry along Highway 16.

Croell cried foul and sued the county to have its permit restored. In a separate suits Croell is also seeking damages to the tune of 10 million dollars.

Croell’s attorney says the company’s legal rights to mine the property are being obstructed.

Lawyers for the concerned citizens say the beauty of the area along Highway 16 would be hurt by expanded mining activity. They want to join the case and help defend the county.

“We're asking to intervene in this action because we believe that the people that live there are going to be adversely affected if Croell is allowed to expand the way cruel wants to,” said attorney Michael Hickey.

No trial date has been set but the judge established a schedule for attorneys to file written arguments beginning July 31.