A Scotts Bluff County judge has issued a temporary injunction barring a company from mining sand and gravel near the North Platte River in Scottsbluff.
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - The county sought the injunction against Western Engineering, claiming the mining damaged a county road, resulted in a breach in the river and threatened adjacent private property.
KNEB radio (http://bit.ly/Kv3Q9Q ) says Judge Randy Lippstreu has granted the county's request.
The county says Western Engineering is illegally mining because a conditional use permit for the mining expired in 1993. The company says the mining is legal and cites a letter from a former public works director who said he had no objections.
The county's outside counsel, John Sorensen, says a county employee can't usurp the commissioners' authority to have a final say on the permits.
Information from: KNEB-AM, http://www.kneb.com
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