So, you want to build a quarry? “Not in my community!” That’s what 64 percent of Americans said in the 2007 Saint Index survey of attitudes toward real-estate development. To put that in startling perspective, 65 percent said they would oppose a nuclear power plan in their hometown. Only landfills and casinos — both with 76 percent opposition — are more opposed.
If there’s good news for quarry operators, it’s that opposition is down from 2006, when 76 percent of American adults said they opposed quarry development in their community. A closer look at the Saint Index findings also gives insight into strategies that can help when operators look to expand a quarry or win permits for a new one, writes Chris Hopkins, senior vice president of The Saint Consulting Group, in the cover story for Rock Products Magazine’s February issue. more