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Gravel mining wasn't allowed near their homes in the 1980s. These Jeffco homeowners want to know what's different now.

Because the only access to the proposed mining site is via four-wheel-drive-vehicle trails, Asphalt Paving would have to build new roads to haul gravel by truck -- a venture Keller says is too expensive.

"The Flatiron Company never would agree 100 percent to rail haul," he says. "Their plan said they would use rail haul, but when they were asked by the county commissioners what would happen if they couldn't use the tracks, they said they'd have to come back and talk to them at that point. I think that was flawed. Since the very beginning of this, we've said the gravel only goes by rail or it doesn't go at all."

Asphalt jungle: Bob Allen and his neighbors don't want a quarry near Coal Creek Canyon.
Brett Amole
Asphalt jungle: Bob Allen and his neighbors don't want a quarry near Coal Creek Canyon.

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