- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon winery owner and his investors are asking Lane County to redesignate forestland near Oakridge so he can open a gravel mine.

The Register-Guard of Eugene reports (https://bit.ly/1K1ekR2 ) that Ed King has announced a proposal to expand a small quarry that has not been operational since the 1980s. The area is outside the city limits, but near 13 rural residences.

Some potential neighbors say they are concerned about noise and dust and potential pollution and disruption of their water wells. They also worry a quarry would lower their property values.

King is petitioning Lane County to designate part of the property for quarry use instead of forestland.

If approved, the quarry would create up to 40 jobs.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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