The Soledad Canyon Settlement Act (S. 771) is legislation introduced by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and co-sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
The Soledad Canyon Settlement Act is potentially the last chance to amicably end a 14 year dispute between the City of Santa Clarita and CEMEX USA (CEMEX) over a sand and gravel mine the company proposes to operate in Soledad Canyon. S. 771 would require the Bureau of Land Management to cancel CEMEX’s right to mine at the contract site in Soledad Canyon and ensure CEMEX is fairly compensated through the sale of BLM owned land in San Bernardino County. These public lands have been identified by the BLM for disposal.
For more information on this important bill please refer to the following PDF documents:
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Subcommittee Testimony on YouTube
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining
On November 20, 2013, S. 771 was presented to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Representatives from the City of Santa Clarita, including Mayor Bob Kellar and Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste, were in attendance, with Mayor Kellar providing testimony. Additional testimony on S. 771 was offered by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA-25), Steven A. Ellis - Acting Deputy Director of the Bureau of Land Management, and Cliff Kirkmyer - Executive Vice President of Aggregate Resources for CEMEX. Official copies of the testimonies submitted for the hearing are provided below.
In the Press
Expressing a Position
If you are interested in expressing a position about S. 771 please refer to the following links:
Please download and complete the form and return by fax or mail to:
City of Santa Clarita
c/o Michael Murphy
23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 300
Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Fax: (661) 259-8125
For more information on S. 771 or to express an opinion to Senator Boxer, please visit http://boxer.senate.gov