Hearings on Croell mining permits rescheduled

Decision may be made before new county commissioners seated

UPDATE: The scheduled hearing on Nov. 14 has been moved to the Planning Commission’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers, located at 130 Kansas City St. The hearings set for Dec. 10-11 have also been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.


RAPID CITY, S.D. – Decisions on issuing permits for a controversial quarry near Highway 16 in Pennington County could be made before two new county commissioners are seated in January.

A sign on the boundary of Croell, Inc. property near Highway 16 in Pennington County.Iowa-based Croell, Inc., after losing a state Supreme Court decision regarding expanded mining operations, has applied for permits to operate the Perli Quarry.

Citizens groups have opposed the permits, citing potential groundwater hazards and insufficient studies on how quarry operations could affect traffic on Highway 16.

The Pennington County Board of Commissioners has announced hearing dates for public comment.

A Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.

If the Planning Commission issues a recommendation on permit issuance at that time, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a hearing to decide on permit issuance on Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. If more time is necessary for public comment, another hearing will be held on Dec. 11 at 9 a.m.

If the Planning Commission does not make a recommendation, no hearings will be held in December due to advertising requirements. Hearing dates will be announced at a later date.

All hearings will be held at the County Commission chambers in the Pennington County Administration Building in Rapid City.

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