- Associated Press - Friday, March 21, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe County panel has rejected a proposal for an open-pit mine on a mesa in the south of Santa Fe.

The County Development Review Committee voted 5-2 against the planned basalt aggregate mine that would be located on a 50-acre parcel on the mesa east of Interstate 25.

Aggravate is a construction material.

About 200 area residents turned out Thursday to oppose the project by two Albuquerque-based companies, with critics saying the mine would create dust and noise, increase traffic and use too much water.

It’s not immediately known whether the two Albuquerque-based companies proposing the mine will appeal the committee’s decision to the County Commission.