There are many similarities between the appealed Las Pilitas quarry project and Exceleron’s Huasna oil drilling project that was unanimously denied by the Board of Supervisors.
In August 2012, Exceleron’s project was denied when, uncharacteristically, Supervisors Frank Mecham and Paul Teixeira joined Supervisors Patterson, Hill and Gibson to vote it down. Mr. Teixeira said the decision to deny was, “tough but sound.” Mr. Mecham asked rhetorically, “What is compatible? Well, I can tell you what is NOT: This (project) is not.”
The Las Pilitas project is less compatible than the Exceleron project — per EIR, staff reports and Planning Commission’s vote. If the Las Pilitas quarry is approved, Santa Margarita will suffer in many ways, including an 80,000 pound, doubletrailer gravel truck rumbling every three minutes through this quiet town — past homes, businesses, the school crossing and the park.
The already existing quarries have decades-worth of aggregate supply, can meet the projected statewide demand, and are sited much more suitably than this project.
The SLO Planning Commission has denied this project. Let’s exhort the supervisors to pull together again to protect Santa Margarita; this project just doesn’t fit.