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Policy: Environment & Energy

Plans for sand, gravel mine draw opposition

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LYNDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Plans for a sand and gravel mine in Washtenaw County are being met by opposition from some area residents.

The Ann Arbor News reports (http://bit.ly/1lBQrRg ) McCoig Materials Inc. wants to operate the mine on two adjacent properties in Lyndon Township, about 45 miles west of Detroit. The plans need approval from the township planning commission and others.

Last month, a three hour hearing at the Sylvan Township Hall drew nearly 200 people. Another public meeting is planned Thursday night at the Washtenaw County Student Education Center in Chelsea.

Lyndon Township resident Lee Skyles has started an online petition opposing the issuance of special use and mining permits.

Tim Forell of ForEnergy represented McCoig Materials at the first hearing. Forell says he's optimistic that the mining plan will eventually be approved.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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