Judge Greenlights Mega-Mine
Nearly a dozen high-powered attorneys squared off in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Monday as Judge Dickran Tevrizian approved a federal consent decree that will allow for the mining of 78 million tons of sand and gravel in Soledad Canyon for the next 20 years...
Attorneys for the city of Santa Clarita said the city will appeal the ruling.
The consent decree was negotiated among Cemex, the federal Bureau of Land Management and the county of Los Angeles but did not include the city of Santa Clarita, which has spent more than $4 million trying to stop the project.
The ruling allows for the parties to move forward without further litigation.
More than 100 local organizations and elected officials at several levels of government oppose the mine, which is the largest of its kind ever approved by the federal government.
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