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Shine Pit Expansion Upheld by Court

The Pit to Pier project moves on… I’ll update this as I better understand the next battle to stop this.

*11/10 Peninsula Daily News Jefferson County mining expansion OK upheld by appellate court By Jeff Chew SHINE — A Washington State Court of Appeals ruling upholds Fred Hill Materials’ right to expand gravel mining at its site south of state Highway 104. The decision released Monday upheld a visiting Kitsap County Superior Court judge’s ruling. Judge Anna Laurie a year ago affirmed a 2004 Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board finding that a Jefferson County-approved 690-acre mineral resource land overlay for Fred Hill Materials complies with the state Growth Management Act. The overlay is tangential to Fred Hill’s proposed pit-to-pier project — a controversial plan to build a four-mile-long conveyor belt from the company’s Shine gravel pit to a 1,000-foot dock to move gravel to barges in Hood Canal — which Jefferson County is environmentally assessing separately from the land overlay. … Hood Canal Coalition was joined in the state Court of Appeals petition by Olympic Environmental Council, Jefferson County Green Party, People for a Livable Community, Kitsap Audubon Society, Hood Canal Environmental Counsel and People for Puget Sound.

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