Opponents appeal gravel mine expansion near Anacortes

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — A gravel mine expansion near Lake Erie south of Anacortes has been appealed to the Skagit County Board of Commissioners. Representatives of the nonprofit Evergreen Islands will argue on Feb. 9 that the Skagit County Hearing Examiner was wrong to approve a permit for the expansion. Skagit County Planning and Development staff will defend their work that led to the decision. Evergreen Islands says the county’s review of the permit application was insufficient because it did not take into account groundwater impacts and related landslide risks. The permit allows Lake Erie Gravel Pit to expand its operations from 17.7 to 53.5 acres.