A city advisory committee has blocked requests by Lafarge North America to expand its Sugar Creek mining operations.
Lafarge operates underground mines that stretch hundreds of yards towards Independence and downtown Sugar Creek. The company wanted Sugar Creek officials to approve additional tunnels and mining operations on tracts of land near E. Kentucky Rd., N. Jennings Rd., and E. 18th St. N.
The company told the city that its blasting technology is safe, and offered to document the current condition of nearby homes and create a process to resolve any possible future damage claims.
But the city’s committee decided to deny the Lafarge expansion request.
The company mines stone to support its area concrete operations at a location just south of where 291 Highway crosses over the Missouri River.