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16Nov2016

A.R. Wilson Quarry Reclamation Plan Amendment Approved by San Benito County Planning Commission

On November 16, 2016, the San Benito County (County) Planning Commission approved a reclamation plan amendment for the A.R. Wilson Quarry, one of the largest quarries in the state. Graniterock has operated the quarry for over 100 years, supplying the south Bay Area and San Francisco peninsula with construction aggregates from Aromas. The reclamation plan […]

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08Nov2016

Benchmark Resources Presents at CalCIMA’s 2016 Education Conference

Bruce Steubing presented with Anne McQueen, Yorke Engineering, at the 2016 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference in Rancho Mirage, California. The presentation was entitled “Recent CEQA Challenges Related to Air Quality Requirements for Permitting Mines.” When completing air quality analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), mine operators are facing increasing variations in the way […]

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15Oct2016

San Emidio Quarry Expansion Project Final EIR Certified by Kern County

Benchmark Resources assisted Kern County with an environmental review of the San Emidio Quarry Expansion Project, culminating in the preparation of a final environmental impact report (EIR). Benchmark Resources assisted the County with all aspects of environmental review for the project, including peer review of application documents and preparation of a detailed initial study checklist, […]

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12Oct2016

Austin Quarry Project Final EIR Certified by Madera County

After a 6-year environmental review process and substantial refinements to the project during that time to address community and lead agency concerns, the Austin Quarry Project Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was certified and the project was approved by the Madera County (County) Board of Supervisors on October 12, 2016. At over 10,000 pages, this […]

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02Aug2016

Silver Springs Parkway Final Subsequent EIR Certified by El Dorado County

Benchmark Resources assisted the El Dorado County (County) Transportation Division with an environmental review of the Silver Springs Parkway to Bass Lake Road (South Segment) project, culminating in the preparation of a final subsequent environmental impact report (SEIR) that was certified by the County Board of Supervisors on August 2, 2016. Benchmark Resources provided strategies […]

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17Nov2015

Benchmark Resources Presents at CalCIMA’s 2015 Education Conference

Andrew Heinemann presented at the 2015 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference in Monterey, California. The presentation was entitled “Getting the Most Out of a Drilling Project.” The geologic interpretation and definition of a deposit is incomplete without some amount of drilling. Surface mapping, geologic literature research of regional structure, and lithology provide useful information. However, with […]

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11Mar2015

Benchmark Resources Presents at CalCIMA’s Mine Safety Conference

Andrew Heinemann, Benchmark Resources geologist and mine engineer, presented on “How to Read the Hazards of Highwalls” at CalCIMA’s Spring Thaw Mine Safety Conference in both Ontario and Sacramento. His presentation explained how to recognize potential hazards related to highwall and slope stability and how operators and workers can mitigate highwall and slope hazards they […]

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18Feb2015

Lease Approved for CEMEX Paiute Pit

The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe approved a lease allowing expansion of mining operations at the CEMEX Paiute Pit outside Wadsworth, Nevada. The lease allows mining at an increased depth and onto adjacent greenfield lands. Benchmark Resources prepared the reclamation plan and reclamation cost estimate consistent with the requirements of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management […]

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15Feb2015

Benchmark Directs Drilling of Core Samples for Quarry

Benchmark Resources is conducting a core-drilling program for Mount Gaines Quarry in Mariposa County. The results of the drilling will be used in a slope stability study, a hydro-geology study, and to develop a plan for mining reserves. For more information about this type of service, please contact Andrew Heinemann at (916) 983-3086.

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29Dec2014

Moody Flats Quarry Draft EIR Released for Public Review

Shasta County has released the long-awaited draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the Moody Flats Quarry project. Moody Flats Quarry, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M Corporation, proposes a hard-rock quarry that would include an aggregate processing facility, asphalt batch plant, ready-mix plant, and recycled materials plant. Up to 2 million tons per year […]

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