Posted April 9, 2013
Important April 2013 update is available at the following link:
Save La Bajada Mesa! April 2013
Take Action! Post flyer: (click here) & sign on-line petition: (click here)
Write letters: Send to Santa Fe County Case Planner Jose Larranaga: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Subject: Rockology.
There will be no public hearing on the application to strip-mine La Bajada Mesa until the Rockology applicants (Steve Hooper, James Siebert, Peter Naumburg, Hugh Graham, and Jerry Geist) think they have found a reliable source of water.
If/ when they do post notice, we will have only a few weeks before the first of 2 hearings.
Get on our email list for updates and to be alerted about hearing dates. Email: email@example.com and put "La Bajada" in the Subject. Then sign petition, send letter to the County & commit to attend hearings.
Posting of July 1st, 2008:
There will be no public hearing this July on the application to strip-mine La Bajada Mesa. Applicant Steve Hooper, of Rockology, let the posting "notice" deadline expire for the July Santa Fe County CDRC hearing.
Has Rockology expired? Evidently not. According to Santa Fe County Case Planner, Jose Larranaga, after three similar postponements of hearings, Rockology is "still working on issues". When they think they have worked enough and they do post notices, we will have only 3 weeks to the first of 2 hearings.
Silence is consent. Stay informed, get on our email list for updates and to be alerted about hearing dates. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and put “La Bajada" in the Subject. Then sign petition, send letter to the County & commit to attend hearings.
Posting of June 14, 2008:
La Bajada Mesa Strip-mine Hearing Postponed for 3rd Time
again for lack of secure water source
Rockology requests rescheduling to the July 17 CDRC
Rockology requested tabling from the June 19 CDRC agenda and a rescheduling to the July 17 CDRC. Due to the fact that their application has been tabled 3 times, Rockology must first re-notice in the legals & post notices along Waldo Canyon Rd starting June 26. Since they haven't altered their application, the notices will likely still make the bogus claim that the materials will first be used for the Railrunner.
In the meantime, the county has received letters opposing the mining of La Bajada Mesa from individuals and organizations, some of which are listed here: the Cerrillos Hills Park Coalition, the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club, the San Marcos Association, the Turquoise Trail Association, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, 1000 Friends of NM, La Cienega Valley Association, Common Ground United, and we expect more to arrive.
Has your organization written a letter? Have you written? Please do!
For discussion points, see flyer and scroll down to Introductory Posting of March 23, '08.
Send to Santa Fe County Case Planner: Jose Larrañaga
Email: email@example.com , Subject: Rockology
Posting of April 13, 2008:
or US Post: Santa Fe County, P.O. Box 276, Santa Fe, NM, 87504. Attn: Jose Larranga, Re. Rockology
Posting of March 29, 2008:
Contrary to the applicant's assertion that their proposed mining of La Bajada Mesa would be needed for the Railrunner, it was revealed Tuesday, March 25, that NMDOT already has all the materials they need to build the Railrunner! Kudos to KOB TV for their Moyers-like reporting & the other good articles in the New Mexican & Journal North!
The Railrunner is being used as an excuse to re-zone and start strip-mining historic / scenic La Bajada Mesa. The application (dated Jan. 30, 08) discloses that the operation would not be limited to ballast for the Railrunner (which is expected to be built by the end of 2008) but specifies continuation for commercial projects at least for the next 11 years, to 2020.
The Rockology, LLC application has much in common with an earlier Buildology, Inc. 2005 application (click here) to strip the mesa of its basalt. That application was withdrawn before going to hearing. Now Buildology has become Rockology, same applicant, Steven Hooper. The land owners are again Peter Naumburg and Hugh Graham of Buena Vista, LLC. This application, submitted by agent James Siebert, is for 50 acres!
Any rezoning by the County, would devalue the visual, cultural resources of La Bajada Mesa, setting up a model for continued decline into further strip-mining. The whole mesa is capped in basalt, thus preserved throughout the eons. In 2002, before citizen opposition curtailed it, JR Hale Contracting proposed a 500 acre strip-mine of the mesa. Attached is the map that J.R. Hale Contracting distributed to citizens in 2002 map when they proposed a 500 acre strip-mine of La Bajada Mesa (click here).
Back in 2005, the County staff was in the process of recommending denial when the Buildology applicants withdrew. The staff's draft "recommendation" also stated that "this location is not compatible or suitable for mining." They noted that the
Now in 2008, the same applicants and speculators are back. And citizens of
With your help La Bajada
OFF SITE WATER - Water is required by law for dust control. Rockology has proposed trucking 80,000 gallons a month from off-site. They have a contract with Cohiba Club, LLC near La Bajada Village. Off site water sources have been questioned by County hydrologists in the past. According to the Conditions of Approval from the Office of State Engineer, the permit expires Sept. 6, 2008. The permit, we understand, is restricted to use for public works like the Railrunner. We are seeking further clarification.
Has Rockology missed the train? The Railrunner project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008. But since the permit expires Sept. 6, Rockology would only have 4 months of permit for water if their project were to be allowed after the May BCC hearing. Rockology would go dry 3 months short of the completion of the Railrunner. There is no permit for water for subsequent commercial activity as envisioned in the Rockology application.
THE PROPOSED SITE IN PLAIN SIGHT
The application reads: "The crusher [would] be located behind the finished stockpiled materials, in order to minimize visibility from public roadways." Question. What do they plan to locate in front of the stockpiles in order to minimize visibility from public view
"Again, you won't have to see the actual mine to know it's there because there will be a dust plume marking its location."
-- Steve Blodgett, M.S.
It’s time to save this historic sweeping panoramic
There is another alternative: acquisition. The land is for sale.
In 2003, the
Historical heritage: La Bajada is of enormous historical significance for the