Pechanga Band of Luisenno Indians purchase Liberty Quarry

Temecula, California (ICC) November 2012

An agreement to purchase the site of a proposed rock quarry on a mountain near Temecula, California, ends a seven-year dispute over the controversial project.

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

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 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 a 1,000-feet-deep pit on the 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.