Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors OK appeal of Roblar Road quarry decision

From the Press Democrat.  Sonoma Supes vote against the Environment. (Except Shirlee Zane. Yay Shirlee!)

By BRETT WILKISON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sonoma County supervisors have authorized an appeal of a court ruling striking down approval of the Roblar Road quarry on environmental grounds.
Dozens of anti-quarry signs line the length of Roblar Road west of Cotati. (PD File)
The board voted 4-1 Tuesday in closed session to back the appeal, with Shirlee Zane, the board’s chairwoman, dissenting.
The 70-acre quarry west of Cotati is the target of a lawsuit by neighbors and environmentalists concerned about its impact on water and air quality, traffic and wildlife habitat.
Sonoma County Judge Elliot Daum sided with opponents on several claims. The ruling would force the county and quarry owner John Barella to revise substantial parts of the study and perhaps return to the board for another vote.
But county officials say Daum’s ruling was flawed and the environmental study is sound. Barella also is expected to appeal.

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