Firm Seeking Basalt Mine Files Suit Against County, Landfill OperatorsFirm Seeking Basalt Mine Files Suit Against County, Landfill Operators
April 14, 2015
The company trying to put a basalt mine on La Bajada has sued Santa Fe County and the Caja del Rio landfill operators for allegedly violating antitrust laws and preventing competition in the market for crushed aggregate, a material used in paving and construction.
Albuquerque-based Buena Vista Estates sued the county and the Santa Fe Solid Waste Management Agency in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on April 9. The company said the solid waste agency is crushing and selling stockpiled basalt at the landfill commercially “without proper permitting and zoning,” according to the lawsuit.
A county spokeswoman said the county doesn’t comment on pending litigation.