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La Bajada mesa mine decision punted _ again

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe County Commissioners have postponed for a second time a decision on a proposed 50-acre basalt mine on La Bajada mesa.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://goo.gl/6DL31u) that commissioners punted a final decision Tuesday following a closed-door session.

The move drew an angry response from residents who are fighting the proposed mine.

Commissioners did not set a date for future votes.

Buena Vista Estates owns the 5,400-acre property east of Interstate 25, which is currently zoned for residential and agricultural uses.

Rockology wants to mine basalt and crush it into aggregate for construction material.

The black basalt rock is prized as the crushed material used in asphalt, roadway base course and ready-mix concrete.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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