Reality vs. Public Relations
• Over 30,000 Temecula Community citizens, 159 physicians, and 467 local businesses have signed petitions protesting the Liberty Quarry Project.
• Since 2005, the City of Temecula has spent $784,000 dollars to combat Granite Construction’s Liberty Quarry
• Temecula City Council passed a resolution opposing Liberty Quarry.
• Blasting would occur six days a week for the seventy-five year lifetime of the project.
• 5 million tons of aggregate would be removed by trucks every year (7 am until 9 pm).
• Asphalt, concrete, and concrete re-cycling plants, would be part of the quarry.
• Excavation would be approximately 1000 feet deep. The observatory deck at the Empire State Building is 1224 feet from the ground
• Excavation intended to be equal to 117 football fields in width.
• Once completed, there are no plans to remediate the land: a hole would remain.
• The land is held to be Sacred by Native Americans who have called the area their home for generations before being forced at gunpoint to resettle on the reservation.
• The “undeveloped land” is part of a greater area of uninterrupted forest which comprises the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve – a living laboratory under continuous operation by San Diego State University and researchers for the past forty years.
• The acreage in question feeds the Santa Margarita River (flowing through the Reserve) and supplies drinking water to nearby, down-river Camp Pendleton.
• Liberty Quarry would consume 130,000,000 gallons of water per year.
• The Santa Margarita River is the LAST wild river in Southern California.
• The Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve and the surrounding area comprise the LAST wildlife corridor between the Santa Ana Mountains and the Palomar Mountain Range.
• Other sources for construction aggregate exist in the region, at least one of which is owned by Granite Construction Corporation.
From the Granite Construction Website:
” Character Matters
Honesty, Integrity, Fairness, Accountability, Consideration of Others, Pursuit of Excellence, Reliability, and Citizenship are the fundamentals of our Code of Conduct.”
- Walter Wilkinson, First President of Granite Construction Coporation