New Times’ coverage of the Las Pilitas Resources, LLC project (“A rock and a hard place,” Aug. 15) offered an interesting view of the current state of affairs regarding our aggregate production and consumption and the need to increase the supply of our aggregate resources.
According to the article, the Las Pilitas Resources site has been zoned for mineral extraction for more than 30 years, and the California Geological Survey declared there’s less than 50 percent of current reserves to meet future demand, something that provides profound evidence to prove this is “the right project in the right place.” It should serve as no surprise to the Kleemans quoted in the article that their property is located on land zoned as a mining buffer area, something they surely must’ve been aware of when they moved to the area.
The resources provided by a business like Las Pilitas Resources are needed by our community for a number of projects as well as maintenance of our existing infrastructure. If we don’t provide for them locally then those aggregates will need to be brought in from somewhere else. That’s costly both in the money needed to ship them but also in degradation of the environment from burning the fuel to transport them over longer distances and in congestion and wear and tear on the highways.
Those who’ve driven our rural roads see firsthand the state of our infrastructure; the poor state of many of these roads is a testament to why we need more aggregate resources to improve the state of roads countywide, and this project will provide the resources needed to strengthen our infrastructure and meet our aggregate demands well into the future.
-- Bob Fowler - Santa Margarita