Benchmark Resources' “Solutions for an Efficient Mine Closure Process” Published in The Conveyor. August 23, 2018. CalCIMA’s 2018 summer issue of The Conveyor includes our article on “Solutions for an Efficient Mine Closure Process.” A substantial amount of planning and investment is required to permit and develop a new mine. While those challenges are a frequent topic of industry discussion, closing a mine presents its own challenges, which rarely receive attention. Our article explains how good planning before and [...]
Benchmark Resources Now a Certified SLEB for Alameda County. May 23, 2018. We expanded our geographic presence with a new office in Oakland and are now certified as an Alameda County small, local and emerging business (SLEB). Our Oakland staff provides environmental planning and permitting expertise in land development and water resources. Please contact us to discuss how our SLEB certification and our services can help you meet your objectives.
Tulare County Approves Culver Sand Mine. January 10, 2018. Culver Sand Mine was unanimously approved by the Tulare County Planning Commission. This new mining operation will provide up to 75,000 tons of sand annually for concrete and other construction uses over a 50-year period. Benchmark Resources supported mine design and reclamation planning. For more information about the mine design or reclamation services Benchmark Resources offers, please contact David Brown at (916) 983-9193 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresno County Unanimously Approves 50-Year Mining Permit Extension. November 9, 2016. Benchmark Resources led the preparation of an application package and reclamation plan to allow continued operation of the Hewitson Gravel Mine for an additional 50 years. The Fresno County Planning Commission unanimously approved the project. No opponents attended or appealed the matter. Benchmark Resources responded to comments from the California Division of Mine Reclamation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife related to reclamation and biological resources. [...]
Austin Quarry Project: Draft EIR Release Scheduled. July 30, 2010. Vulcan Materials has proposed a quarry in southeastern Madera County named the Austin Quarry Project. Located near the intersection of State Routes 41 and 145, it is the second of three recent mining proposals in Madera County. The project is planned to provide 2.5 million tons annually for up to 100 years. Benchmark Resources is contracted by the County to prepare the Environmental Impact Report and expects the document [...]
Madera Quarry Approved…Again. August 24th, 2010. On June 15, 2010, the Madera County Board of Supervisors approved the Madera Quarry Project. The Board previously approved the project in 2006. Opposed by neighbors on the grounds of groundwater, noise, and traffic concerns, the project was bounced through the Courts, and the County issued a Revised EIR in December 2004. The Revised EIR, prepared by Benchmark Resources, focused on a narrow range of opponent complaints. Nonetheless, project opponents that originally litigated [...]
Dave Brown Presented at CalCIMA 2011 Conference August 31st, 2011 Dave Brown, President, Benchmark Resources, and Andy Kopania, Principal Hydrologist, EMKO Environmental, presented at the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2011 Education Conference in Monterey. Their paper, entitled Value-Added Reclamation – Quarries as Water Storage and Supply, will address issues and opportunities for integrating storage of water at reclaimed mines. The discussion centered on evaluation of the appropriateness of aggregate mines or quarries for water storage depends [...]
Bob Delp Presented at CalCIMA 2013 Conference October 25th, 2013 Bob Delp, Project Director at Benchmark Resources, recently presented at the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) 2013 Education Conference in Napa, California on November 12. Delp’s presentation addressed finding the fair in fair share funding. During the environmental review and permitting process, unreasonably high estimates of project-related trips can result in roadway improvement fair-share funding obligations that exceed a project’s true potential to impact a roadway system. [...]
Pit & Quarry Magazine: Getting the green light February 4th, 2014 Getting the Green Light February 4, 2014 Sustainable environmental initiatives pave the way for a coveted California coastal-zoned expansion permit. There is no shortage of potential roadblocks when it comes to permitting. Even the best and the brightest have fallen short in this pursuit. But for one coastal-zoned quarry, a long permitting process resulted in sweet, unopposed success – something to be savored by Richard DeAtley, president [...]
Bob Delp to Present at 2014 CalCIMA Annual Education Conference August 6th, 2014 Benchmark Resources’ Bob Delp will present at this year’s CalCIMA Annual Education Conference in San Diego, California on Tuesday, November 4 during Breakout Session #1: Mining. Delp’s presentation, entitled Shut the Truck Up: Developing Cost-Effective Noise Mitigation Strategies during the Environmental Review Process will summarize general requirements for considering noise impacts during the environmental review process, examine common sources of on-site and off-site noise impacts associated with mining projects, [...]