The construction of Rail Baltic will drain the limestone quarries around Tallinn. There is nothing left to make concrete, and there is a shortage of crushed stone for road construction.
Only the municipalities that oppose the opening of new quarries and the developer Rail Baltic who does not want to play the role of the cause of the construction mineral crisis, deny the looming problem of the mineral resources required in construction. Everyone else sees that the situation is problematic.
Anyone who often drives out of Tallinn along the Narva highway knows the quarry located behind the roadside trees right next to Lasnamäe. Limestone factories of Estonia (former Paekivitoodete Tehas OÜ), which produces up to a third of Estonia’s limestone rubble, mines in that quarry. In five years , the quarry will run out of Limestone, say the managers of the company. They say that we might be able to complete Rail Baltic, but that will take the last bit out of the quarry. The same fate probably awaits the other quarries around Tallinn, Väo Paas, and Harku quarry.
Finally, the Limestone factories of Estonia have reached the environmental impact assessment in the Maardu III area of investigation. Although the public discussion is only going to take place at the beginning of the summer, the company posted 2,600 information leaflets in the mailboxes of the municipality residents last week. The aim is to proactively provide information about limestone mining in Jõelähtme, its environmental impacts, and mitigation thereof.