WILLIAMSPORT -- The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday approved an additional shale mining area for Redland Brick Inc.
The company will open a new, 30-acre surface mine next to its existing mining area on Md. 68 in Williamsport.
The expansion is needed to continue mining because the current 40-acre shale extraction area will be depleted in a year or two, said Barry Miller, a safety, environment and quality manager for Redland Brick.
The company does surface mining for shale to make brick.
No blasting will be done at the site, Washington County Planner Lisa Kelly said.
County setback regulations require the quarry to be at least 200 feet from all residences.
Redland Brick has 150 employees at the site; none will be added with the expansion, Kelly said.
Because the land is already zoned for mining, no public hearing is required for the expansion, Washington County Planning Director Michael C. Thompson said.