Yule Marble Quarry Closed for 2 Months due to Diesel Spill: Inquiries Ensue

BEYOND THE HEADLINES

JUST HOW BAD WAS THE SPILL?

For the first time since The Great Revival

Trouble brews at the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry

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The other day I thought I would check up on the progress of our splendid, revitalized and seemingly thriving Yule Marble Quarry for perhaps some news regarding their new made-to-measure, state of the art (as I am sure it will be) fabrication plant over in nearby Delta, Colorado. Now imagine my shock and surprise at being greeted with the following headline.

Colorado Stone Quarries, the operator of Marble’s famed Yule quarry, is facing scrutiny and possible penalties from federal and state regulators after an October diesel spill that shut down operations for nearly two months 

News   link | February 22, 2020 / Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism

Rather than an update, or even opening announcement I was confronted with this most unexpected and alarming information instead. What was this? Bad news? Surely not! But alas it’s true. After what has amounted to a tremendous run, Colorado Stone Quarries appear to have, for the first time I might add, blotted their copy book.

Not on purpose mind you. In fact, quite the opposite. According to the following article by Heather Sackett of Aspen Journalism, the quarry is now dealing with what appears to be a severe setback in the form of a diesel spill that allowed 5,500 gallons of fuel to leak out through a faulty valve – so slowly mind you that it went unnoticed by the crew.

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Now, bad as this sounds what happens next is where the oil really hits the fan, as it were. For instead of reporting the incident right away, as we all know we should – they failed to notify their error to the appropriate authorities, which as we know is simply not how you handle things when it comes to authorities, and especially not U.S. Federal Authorities. Now I assume we’ve all taken Health and Safety classes at some point, and so we all know that the absolute worst thing you can do (especially and particularly here in America) is to cover up, or be seen to cover up anything, once something bad happens. And this was bad.

But for four days apparently no report was made as the quarry struggled valiantly to right their wrongs in the way they knew best, by cleaning up the mess they had made. But please bear in mind as you read on: at no point did water enter the river, and the quarry actually excavated the contaminated soil and took it to a decontamination center. They then filled the remaining soil with microbial spores that devour the diesel as they burrow, and therefore simply consume greedily any and all contaminants in a very short period of time.

So as far as I can tell this whole matter would appear to be, thankfully, a rather straight forward and relatively simple matter: the quarry erred by not only failing to maintain or monitor a vital piece of equipment, but once the spill was discovered they did not make the appropriate phone calls. We all know the protocol, and when Health, Safety and Environmental concerns arise, everyone in America KNOWS not to mess around with the Federal Government, period.

What Colorado Stone Quarries (CSQ in the following article) are guilty of is more of a misunderstanding I suspect. For Red Graniti, as anyone following events surely knows, although global in reach, is headquartered in Massa, Italy.  And so, if any slack is to be cut here, I would say that everyone needs to take a step back and realize that while the new quarry operators might not be perfect (who is ? mistakes happen to the best of us), their not reporting for four days might have something to do with them not quite recognizing the full implications of responsibility to report such matters immediately – as they were obviously very busy effectively rectifying their error (time being of the essence in such cases), and did not understand how this whole matter would be seen in hindsight.

Carrara Marble Quarries – Plenty of Run Off – Rivers Often White With Dust

To say that a different set of standards, laws and obligations govern proceedings over in Carrara would be quite the understatement. In regards to the environment I doubt that anything like the rules and regulations that prevail over here are enforced with the same unbending strict obedience over there, I’ve spent enough time in Italy to vouch for that. Good people they are, the Italians, but I always recall the time I was duly informed, in response to my disbelief that my pre-booked rental car simply “wasn’t available”, that I need not make comparisons with “how rental companies operate in England or America” because I “wasn’t  in the rest of the world now” and that I was in fact “in Italy!!!”.

And so in that respect, given the let’s say the Italian perspective, Colorado Stone Quarries have had to reinvent the entire way that they quarry marble, of that I am sure. But as a result they have clearly shown just how marble will be responsibly and sustainably quarried from now on.

Yule Marble Quarry – No Run Off Reaches The Crystal Clean Crystal River

I think the quarry have shown their gleaming environmental credentials time and again throughout their young reign. Maybe in this one instance then they might be forgiven for not thinking or behaving like Americans, because they are not, they are Italian. I am English but have lived here in thee U.S.A. for many years and have experienced many levels of government bureaucracy and I can well testify that – sure, if you grow up here, everything is as simple and straight forward… as a 2 by 4 plank of wood.

Except that is, Americans all know that a two by four is nothing of the sort, it can be practically anything… one and three quarters by three and three quarters is most common, but never have I found one that actually measures two by four inches, and yet, we foreigners are expected to know all of this.  I could fill the pages with instances – just what the heck is a cord of wood? No one knows apparently. And what are “two bits” again?

I think I am digressing now but I do want to labor this point. Red Graniti deserve plenty of praise for how they have conducted themselves so far. For nine years they have carefully renovated and restored what is increasingly being recognized by the global marble industry as some of the finest marble ever to have been quarried anywhere on the planet. And they have achieved this all with their own money, their own expertise and very much in the way of pure physical endeavor.

For decades no one has ever been able to figure Yule Marble out. The immense difficulties and cost of quarrying the world’s finest Contact Metamorphosed Marble are beyond belief. In creating Colorado Stone Quarries specifically to unpick the secret and at last bring this magnificent quarry up to date – and then some, Red Graniti convinced me that no one, no other quarry outfit out there, could have even dreamed of doing what the current owners have been busily succeeding at, and for the best part of a decade now.

One little upset shouldn’t overturn the apple cart in my opinion. And, once the conversations have been had, the appropriate fines paid, and the mess truly cleaned up, I suspect that nothing of the sort will ever happen again. These are good, honest, hard working people trying to restore America’s premium white marble back to greatness, and it is to this point all involved must move. Further delay will serve no one.

As anyone familiar with martincooney.com may attest, I Martin Cooney have been followings and reporting on events taking place, and have taken place, up at that remarkable quarry since I began this site back in 2013. During this time I have cataloged the ups and the downs regarding the quite sensational achievements of this remarkable quarry, along with the many frustrating failures and bankruptcies that have plagued the quarry down through the years.

However, since 2011 and the acquisition by Red Graniti, the story has been one of good news centered upon an environmental success worth boasting about to the whole world. For during these nine years or so the fortunes of Colorado’s beloved Yule Marble quarry has indeed been filled to the brim with good, honest and sound decisions, so that up until now barely a misstep appears to have been made.

Numerous are the posts here on martincooney.com whereby I have outlined Colorado Stone Quarries’ thoroughness and integrity as they strove to breath life into a marble quarry that has in all honesty suffered a torrid time, all in all, for well over a century now. I’ve told of the spectacular rise and fall of great epochs, with Yule Marble shipped to some of the most prestigious building projects in the country, as with the sensational success in delivering all of the exterior stone for The Lincoln Memorial (on time and budget I might add) – only to crash into devastating bankruptcy a mere six months later as America entered World War One.

Courtesy of Marble Museum, Colorado

In fact the same thing was to play out again immediately prior to World War Two, when in the aftermath of supplying the marble for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, America promptly entered World War Two, leading to yet another major bankruptcy.

This time the world’s largest marble finishing mill, as it had become in order to supply enough massive marble stones for the Lincoln Memorial project, was almost immediately and brutally torn into pieces, with the metal immediately salvaged for the war effort. But as the old saying goes; ‘it’s not what you do, it’s the way you do it’.  And the way they did it was to leave practically nothing behind of any use, value or quality. Scorched earth it was, and that pretty much describes the scene to this very day. Thankfully however the new regime have practically no need for the place other than to stage a few flatbeds ready for hauling over to Delta and their soon to be deluxe fabrication plant.

You can easily visit what remains of the marble mill by taking a trip to the remote and rugged Colorado Rocky Mountain Town of Marble. Only then perhaps will the full enormity of it all sink in. Yes, I know there was a war and all that, but really, did they HAVE to destroy such a beautiful facility in their spirited haste?

The Colorado Yule Marble Finishing Mill at the time of its demolition was the largest of its kind in the world.

The quarry itself was shuttered and closed for four decades, with water flooding the workings to a depth of many, many feet. So much water in fact that it eventually took two years simply to pump it all out.

So you see, when all is said and done, the day that Red Graniti purchased the quarry was nothing short of a miracle to those of us paying attention at the time. And, best of all, after decades and decades of struggle it at last seems as though the Colorado Yule Marble Quarry has turned a corner and at last set the quarry straight and on course for a bright and magnificent future, once and for all.

photo Ron Bailey

Colorado Stone Quarries has invested heavily in new and state of the art equipment, including this fully automated Fantini cutting machine. At roughly seven hundred thousand dollars a pop, this baby ensures that the finest marble in the world is harvested in THE MOST environmentally efficient mode possible.

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And so what I propose we do now is to take a look at what is reported to have actually happened revolving around the original spill and what the consequences of such actions may or may not be.  Of course I imagine that much is going on unreported and behind the scenes, but as these two accounts, both penned by Heather Sackett of Aspen Journalism are the only such reports regarding the spill that I have managed to locate so far we will take a look at just what is being said, what the allegations are, and what has been the response from the quarry owners.

In order to make matters as clear as possible I will illuminate and highlight Heather Sackett’s words in italicized blue letters for total transparency. My comments will appear as they do here in the same black standard type that I am using now.  Please click here to read her full article.

The Lincoln Memorial was a monumental success for the fledgling Colorado Yule Marble Quarry but required a tremendous amount of investment on the company’s part. Unfortunately, after coming in on budget and six months ahead of time, the quarry was closed, shuttered and bankrupt shortly afterward in the wake of America’s entry into World War One.

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News | February 22, 2020 Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism

Quarry in Marble facing scrutiny from federal, state regulators in wake of diesel spill

“MARBLE — Colorado Stone Quarries, the operator of Marble’s famed Yule quarry, is facing scrutiny and possible penalties from federal and state regulators after an October diesel spill that shut down operations for nearly two months.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking into whether a special permit is needed for the diversion of Yule Creek, which was done to make way for a temporary mining road. In addition, the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety says it believes the quarry violated state statutes by releasing pollutants into groundwater…”

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Make no mistake, this is a serious and concerning blow for the newly revived quarry. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the situation the loss of two month’s operations is bad enough for a quarry that prides itself on operating ‘every working day of the year’.

However the resulting fall out from an investigation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sounds ominous indeed for all of us who know how fastidious and bureaucratic the federal government can be regarding such matters as diverting streams, building illegal roads and releasing pollutants into the ground water – all of which would give cause for a great deal of concern is they proved to be true. But what actually did happen? We’ll see as we scroll along.

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…”Representatives from state DRMS (the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety) and the Army Corps visited the site, which is located 3 miles up County Road 3C from the town of Marble, on Feb. 11, four months after 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from a tank on the property.

Nearby Yule Creek, which flows into the Crystal River, was spared from the Oct. 11 spill because the waterway had been diverted from its natural channel to the east of Franklin Ridge so operators could construct a temporary access road to the quarry”…

…”Because the access road and creek diversion was supposed to be temporary, officials at Colorado Stone Quarries, or CSQ, claimed the project did not need a permit from the Army Corps. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, a project requires a permit from the Army Corps if it includes the discharge of dredged or fill materials into waters, such as rivers, streams and wetlands”…

…”To qualify for a 404 exemption for the construction of temporary roads for moving mine equipment, CSQ is required to meet 15 best-management practices. CSQ says its activities comply with those practices.

The temporary diversion was approved by DRMS (the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety) in September 2018 in what’s known as a technical revision to the quarry’s permit. But because of ongoing cleanup and water-quality monitoring as a result of the spill, the temporary road and creek diversion will be in place longer than intended — until at least the fall of 2022, according to a report from the company. Until then, the old Yule Creek channel also will remain full of fill material, including marble blocks. That means the project might need a permit from the Army Corps after all.

“Given that the subject haul road will be in place for the foreseeable future (i.e., not temporary), the exemption under which the road was constructed may not be applicable,” reads a letter from the Army Corps requesting more information from CSQ.

Army Corps officials were alerted to the quarry’s plans for a temporary road and creek diversion when the quarry applied for the technical revision in 2018, but the agency did not raise concerns about the quarry needing a 404 permit at that time”

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Here you can clearly see how close to the quarry the Yule Creek is at the point where it rushes down the steep valley, almost hemming the workings in and blocking off access to the newly developed portion immediate to the left of the quarry.

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The temporary diversion was approved by DRMS (the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety} in September 2018 in what’s known as a technical revision to the quarry’s permit” admits the the article, but then adds “Given that the subject haul road will be in place for the foreseeable future (i.e., not temporary), the exemption under which the road was constructed may not be applicable“. Meaning that, had the spill not happened then the road would have been temporary and everything in order, but as things stand it is the ongoing intervention by the Army Corps of Engineers that has greatly elongated the time frame of the ‘temporary’ road”.

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It is all beginning to seem like a tragic catalog or errors to me, rather than outright skulduggery. I mean, no one went out to create this spill on purpose, it was an accident as we shall see. And furthermore, critically, this was not an operational accident but one brought about by a phase of temporary expansion.

Colorado Stone Quarries has up until this point operated an exceptionally worker safe and environmentally safe marble quarrying operation – indeed an exemplary record by any standard when you consider the epic undertaking involved in saving this relatively small but increasingly world renowned quarry.

Since taking over the operations in 2011 Colorado Stone Quarries have systematically revived the old quarry by pouring millions of dollars into new equipment and manpower, transforming a once struggling and often bankrupt and obscure relic into what is fast becoming the envy of the marble quarrying world.

However unlike their counterparts anywhere else in the marble quarrying world, or  for that matter even over in Carrara, where I recall, from my three month sojourn there back in 2014, rivers often ran white with marble dust, by happy contrast not one drop from the quarry reaches the hallowed waters of our pristine and aptly named Crystal River; a fact that sets our current Yule Marble Quarry owners in a different league from their counterparts anywhere in the world, in my opinion.

In fact, the whole operation they run up there could easily be offered as a working example to each and every marble quarry in the world, and there are a lot of them, believe me, who could sure learn something about stewardship and responsibility from our lovely little Colorado Yule Marble Quarry.

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Quarrying Colorado Yule Marble ITALIAN STYLE, high in the Rocky Mountains,

is challenging and of course STYLISH IN THE EXTREME.

But to know that our Colorado Yule Marble Quarry is without doubt THE BEST marble quarry in the entire bloody world, well it gives me great pleasure indeed: the world’s finest marble – quarried in the world’s finest marble quarrying conditions. Even at 9,300 feet in the Rocky Mountain Elk Range they still manage to raise the bar and set the new standard for environmental protection and worker conditions.

Truly, this is a win-win situation for all, if only we keep our heads at this point.  Everyone needs to bring a little perspective to the unfortunate recent events and set them against the bigger picture. Everyone will benefit if level heads are maintained and this whole issue does not become a shouting match of opposing sides. Surely the Town of Marble, the people of the Crystal River Valley and of Delta, everyone, included myself as a marble carver, will benefit by working this out sensibly.

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…CSQ and its consultant Greg Lewicki and Associates are offering the Army Corps three potential options for remedying the situation: Take no action, meaning the quarry would follow the plan for a temporary road and creek diversion laid out in its technical revision and the quarry would not get a permit from the Army Corps; leave the creek in its current alignment to the east side of Franklin Ridge, which would require an Army Corps permit; or return Yule Creek to its alignment on the west side of the ridge but at a higher elevation than the pre-diversion alignment. The Army Corps has asked CSQ to provide more information on these three scenarios. The affected stream reach is about 1,500 feet long.

CSQ also may face fines and other punishment from DRMS (the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety), which regulates mining in Colorado. According to a Feb. 7 letter from DRMS director Virginia Brannon, the agency believes the quarry is in violation of three state statutes: unauthorized release of pollutants into groundwater, failure to minimize disturbance to the prevailing hydrologic balance with regard to water quality, and failure to comply with the conditions of the permit.

The diesel spill occurred during the relocation process for the generator and associated fuel tanks. The new location was not approved by DRMS. “Therefore, the Division has reason to believe that a violation exists to the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extraction of Construction Materials … and (has) scheduled this matter to appear before the Mined Land Reclamation Board,” the letter reads.

CSQ is scheduled to appear before the board March 25 in Denver. The board could issue a cease-and-desist order or impose a fine between $100 and $1,000 for each day of violation…

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Now this is where things start getting pretty serious. Anyone who knows anything about orders to cease and desist from such an esteemed body as the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety surely realizes the full implication of such an instruction given the amount of financial and emotional investment involved to those who put up the money and gave their time to this truly wonderful project.

‘The Pride of America Mine’ proud new owners named it back in 2011, and pride is surely firmly rooted at the heart of this epic venture. For the losses sustained already, due to what no doubt appeared at the time as an unfortunate mishap, have suddenly mushroomed to the point that if the delay is continued and/or the financial punishment is too severe, and although it breaks my heart to say it, then our new Italian friends in the form of Colorado Stone Quarries may indeed decide to simply cut their losses and shut the quarry down completely, and so I feel that we should rule nothing out at this point.

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The spill at the quarry, which is now known as The Pride of America Mine, was marked by delays in reporting and cleanup.

Red Graniti, a company in Cararra, Italy, owns the quarry, which employs about 30 to 40 people and out of whose pure-white stone has been carved the Lincoln Memorial, the Colorado Capitol building and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In 2016, the quarry was granted a permit for a 114-acre expansion, for a total of 124 permitted acres. According to CSQ, there are enough marble reserves contained in its six galleries to continue mining at the current rate for more than 100 years.

News   link | February 22, 2020 / Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism

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And so there you have it. That’s where we are at the moment and as soon as I hear news of a development I will pass it along asap.

Please click the tab at the top of the page, to the right of the banner, titled ‘The Story of Colorado Yule Marble’ to discover more about America’s finest white marble and its remarkable history than any place on the internet.

I’ll leave you with extracts of Heather Sackett’s original news breaking story, with a link to the original article in the Aspen Times. But even though we learn a few new details we already know most of the information from the story above, and so I won’t respond; but I will address any questions, ideas or information you may have in the comment box – which I might add is emptied on a regular monthly basis.

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Diesel spill halts operations at Marble quarry

News     link / December 12, 2019 / Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism

MARBLE — An October spill of 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel that has shut down Marble’s famed Yule quarry for nearly two months took more than four days to report to state authorities and more than two weeks before substantial cleanup efforts began.

The delays are outlined in a spill report submitted to the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, or DRMS, by Greg Lewicki and Associates, a consultant for the quarry operator, Delta-based Colorado Stone Quarries. The spill occurred overnight Oct. 11 but was not reported to state regulators until Oct. 16. Production, which shut down Oct. 16, is expected to resume Thursday or Friday, Colorado Stone Quarries spokesperson Lisa Sigler said.

According to Russ Means, minerals program director for DRMS, mine operators are required to notify the agency of a spill within 48 hours…

Daniele Treves, Colorado Stone Quarries General Manager

…“We acknowledge there were several days between when the accident occurred and when it was reported to regulators,” CSQ general manager Daniele Treves said in a prepared statement. “Our focus at the time was minimizing any environmental impacts of the fuel release and taking steps to make sure the fuel did not reach the creek. … We are fully reviewing the reasons for the delay and our environmental processes, including our past and current reporting procedures.”

DRMS officials decided the spill rose to the level of a violation of CSQ’s mine plan because the fuel tanks did not have the required secondary containment structure to catch the leak. CSQ is scheduled to appear before the DRMS seven-member board in Denver on Jan. 22. The board could fine the mine operators, in addition to requiring they take corrective actions to fix the problem.

“They didn’t follow their own protocols,” Means said. “We had reason to believe a violation exists.”

HOW THE SPILL OCCURRED

According to the report, diesel fuel used to power the mine’s generators is stored in a 12,000-gallon, above-ground tank, which is used to fill a 100-gallon tank for day use. The spill was the result of accidental overfilling of the day tank.

Normally, if the day tank is accidentally overfilled, the fuel flows back into the larger tank through a return-flow system. But on Oct. 11, the power switch was flipped from the 480V position to the 240V position, causing the system to malfunction and resulting in the day tank being overfilled overnight. Fuel flowed out of a faulty pressure release cap and onto the ground.

Crews who first noticed the spill Oct. 12 initially thought it was minor and didn’t realize that 5,500 gallons of diesel was missing from the bulk tank until Oct. 14. The mining company reported the spill to state authorities Oct. 16, at which point all production stopped at the quarry, and workers’ efforts shifted to focus solely on cleanup.

In the prepared statement released by CSQ, Treves said the mine takes environmental protection seriously.

“We are continuing an internal investigation of what went wrong, and how we can work to prevent it from happening in the future,” Treves said.

MORE DELAYS

The report also details what happened in the span of nearly two weeks between when the spill was reported and Oct. 29, when mitigation efforts began in earnest. CSQ, the company’s consultant Greg Lewicki and Associates and environmental cleanup company Clean Harbors came up with a plan. First, they would remove contaminated soil and truck it to South Canyon Landfill in Glenwood Springs, then flush large amounts of water through the ground to dilute the remaining fuel, collect the contaminated water in a sump below the spill and pump it into a tanker to be hauled away to Greenleaf Environmental Services in DeBeque.

But the plan immediately ran into problems with the pumps, which were not able to pump at the required pressure. They were replaced by pumps from Rifle-based Rain for Rent, but these, too, malfunctioned and had to be replaced or repaired over the next several days. During this time, quarry officials concluded that Clean Harbors would not be able to manage and complete the cleanup and they hired Grand Junction-based HRL Compliance Solutions instead.

On Oct. 29, quarry officials decided flushing needed to begin whether or not they had a backup pump on the site. When more water than expected seeped into the sump, officials called for additional water tankers and trucks, including a 20,000-gallon frac tank, to manage the overflow. Workers put in a 25-hour shift to deal with the high volume of contaminated water. CSQ said the delays are explained by waiting for agency approvals, complications in getting the pumps online due to freezing temperatures and steep terrain, waiting for equipment to be delivered and authorization of the facility accepting the contaminated water.

The two-week delay in beginning the cleanup did not violate state regulations, Means said. “We were aware of the situation and monitoring it,” Means said. “While we had concerns, it didn’t amount to any violations.”

YULE CREEK SPARED CONTAINMENT

According to the spill report, “No diesel appears to have left the site and the full spill appears to be contained within the road fill material” and “No detectable amounts of diesel entered Yule Creek.” Even so, the remediation plan laid out by HRL Compliance Solutions calls for ongoing monitoring with groundwater wells and continued water sampling. Also, the company will treat the affected soil with Microblaze, a bioremediation product that uses bacteria to break down the petroleum hydrocarbons found in diesel fuel.

The reason Yule Creek may have been spared from the spill is because it has been diverted from its natural channel to allow for expansion of the quarry. In 2016, DRMS approved additional acreage and the creek diversion so that a new section of the quarry and access road could be built. With the creek in a new channel on the east side of Franklin Ridge, the ridge now separates the spill from the creek. According to the report, “The ridge is composed of marble and is for the most part impermeable, creating a barrier between the spill and the creek.”

Carbondale resident and Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association president John Armstrong filed a complaint about the quarry with DRMS in late October. It wasn’t about the spill — he wasn’t aware it happened — but about large blocks of marble he saw clogging the original and now-dry streambed of Yule Creek.

“The relocation of the creek really surprised me,” he said, “and I’m really concerned about that.”

Some worry this expansion could have unintended consequences, including, perhaps, October’s diesel spill.

“CVEPA is not out to vilify the marble quarry, but we have also seen the private sector left to its own devices does not adhere to the highest environmental standards,” Armstrong said. “(The quarry expansion) is big. And for that little valley, we don’t know what it means.

Diesel spill halts operations at Marble quarry

Aspen Journalism Breaks Story of Spill at Marble Quarry

News     link / December 12, 2019 / Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism

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In conclusion then: no lasting long-term damage seems to have occurred, and although the hard working quarrymen definitely messed up, their biggest crime appears to be in the way they went about addressing and correcting their mistake. Furthermore, this was not an operational spill but one that occurred during a particularly difficult phase in a one-time expansion program that once achieved would be corrected and restored to nature, much in the same way the quarry has dealt with the 4 mile slip road into town.

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Believe me, these guys really know what they are doing. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time but I see no reason why such daring and expert quarriers should be raked over the coals for what seems to be, in the scheme of things, much ado about nothing.

And if you don’t believe me, take a walk along that four mile quarry road yourself and you’ll see first hand how nature not only survives around a well run marble quarry but positively thrives.

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Diesel Spill Taints The Colorado Yule Marble Quarry’s Otherwise Impeccable Record

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