Westbrook OK's Pike Plan for Quarry Access, Buffers

Pike Industries' plan to build an access road and buffers at its quarry in Westbrook, as ordered by a judge in November, was approved by the city Thursday.

When it finishes the construction, Pike will be able to resume blasting rock at its quarry off Spring Street.

Work at the quarry has been on hold as Pike's neighbors, including Idexx Laboratories, have challenged the company's right to blast rock there.

After years of debate before local boards and in court, a Maine Business Court justice in November approved a consent agreement among Pike, Idexx and the city that allows Pike to blast with certain conditions, including the new access road and buffers.

The consent agreement limits Pike to eight blasts per year for rock production. Pike is allowed 10 additional blasts this year to build the access road. Those blasts must be done before June 9, according to the order. After that date, any blasts that Pike needs to build the road will count toward the eight production blasts.
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