Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Help Save Our Franklin Mountains from CEMEX

Please take action NOW to save our Franklin Mountains from more destruction by CEMEX. Tell Park officials to do an official survey.

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I have had several posts recently about the destruction of our mountains by CEMEX. Their McKelligon Canyon quarry is quickly eating through the mountain. Here are my posts:

Cemex Continues to Eradicate Mountainside

Cemex Has Much More Mountain to Destroy

TPWD Has No Idea

Unnatural Paths at Wilderness Park

The quarry is bounded by the Franklin Mountain State Park. When I asked FMSP and TPWD officials back in November if they knew whether CEMEX had encroached on their land, they had no idea. 

Laura Russell, the TPWD attorney, told me: "According to our staff, the best available data currently is the El Paso City / County parcel data maintained by the Paso Del Norte Mapa, a coalition of local agencies. ( This parcel data is the foundation of the data TPWD presently uses in our GIS to depict the boundary of Franklin Mountains SP.  Franklin Mountains SP does not have a boundary survey.  It is described in the 1987 deed by Sections included in the park."

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In a comment to that post, Mr. Dan Knapp wrote: "If PDNMAPA is the authority, Cemex is encroaching 66 feet into the State Park on the north of Cemex property."

What needs to happen now is that the Franklin Mountains State Park and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department need to do a boundary survey immediately.

Now the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club following the lead of the El Paso Group Sierra Clubis calling for action to save our mountain. Please visit the action page and send your message to the Superintendent of the FMSP and the Director of TPWD.

El Paso Group Sierra Club Facebook page

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