A vocal group of residents that opposes plans by Fred Hill Materials Inc. to build a four-mile conveyor belt and 1,100-foot marine pier in Shine holds its first meeting tonight.
The Hood Canal Coalition, which opposes the company’s “pit to pier” plan to expand mining operations and ship gravel out by boat, will meet at the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum at 7 p.m.
The group has questioned Fred Hill’s reclamation efforts at its Shine and Port Townsend surface mines.
It has also raised concerns about environmental impacts and traffic that would require opening the Hood Canal Bridge if the extensive project comes to fruition.
Despite the group’s worries, a recent state Department of Natural Resources official said Fred Hill’s operations in Jefferson County comply with surface mining laws.
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