Nov 16, 2012 10:21 AM by Associated Press

Tribe to buy quarry to protect sacred site

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) - An Indian tribe has reached an agreement to purchase the site of a proposed rock quarry on a mountain near Temecula, ending a seven-year dispute over the controversial project.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians agreed Thursday to pay $3 million to buy 354 acres the developer of the proposed Liberty Quarry.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports (http://bit.ly/Su4SXR) developer Granite Construction will get another $17.3 million in exchange for agreeing to not operate a quarry within a restricted area of the site through 2035.

The proposed Liberty Quarry would create 1,000-foot-deep pit on a mountain, producing up to 5 million tons of sand and gravel for construction projects.

Critics argued it would create air quality problems, destroy a sacred Native American site and damage tourism.



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