Stop Velez Benaudalla Quarry

Friday, December 21, 2018
By Vivienne Hughes

The ecologist association, Buxus has presented several objections against a proposed quarry in Vélez Benaudalla.

The quarry, if it goes ahead, will be sited in the areas known as the Loma del Águila, Viñas Viejas and Corrales – some 390 hectares – where it will extract dolomite.

Dolomite and limestone are very similar rocks, sharing approximately the same hardness and are both crushed and cut for use as construction materials. The word dolomite comes from a mountain range in Italy known by that name.

The ecologists consider that its location close to the Valle del Guadalfeo will negatively affect one of the most dramatic panoramas in the area, also affecting the villages of Vélez de Benaudalla and Los Guájares (the projected quarry spills over into the municipalities of Los Guájares).

They also consider that the project goes against the Plan de Ordenación del territorio de la Costa Tropical, which protects the area, thanks to its “exceptional visual values.”

The first phase of the quarry projet includes 50 sample bores and four pilot excavations, as well as a 3.5 km access road.

The Asociación Buxus thus calls on the initial phase to be halted to prevent environmental damage and for the affected town halls to get involved in preventing the administrative process from going ahead.

(News: Velez Benaudalla, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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