The City of Glenwood Springs is appealing to federal agencies and state politicians to prevent the expansion of a nearby limestone mine.
In a press release sent Friday, the Glenwood Springs City Manager's office said Rocky Mountain Resources, which is looking to expand its mine onto adjacent federal land, would increase operations by 5,000 percent and would allow mining around the clock.
The expansion, the release argues, will damage tourism, increase truck traffic and hurt water and air quality.
It says the Bureau of Land Management hasn’t made the mine’s most recent plans for the expansion public.
The city calls on the agency to hold hearings in the community and to require the mine operator to conduct an environmental analysis on the proposed expansion.