This quarry was in use in Roman times when bitumen was extracted and used in boat building on the coast. It is owned by SAMA/italcementi.
2008 -il centro
MANOPPELLO 's city council resolved a long-standing dispute with the company Italcementi SAMA approving an agreement that ends to 20 years of litigation. Sama owed sums due to the removal of material in the quarry located near Foce Valle Romana.
The agreement provides for a compensation of 1 million 100 thousand and EUR 85 thousand euro , and for an annual fee to compensate for future mining activity.
Below -looking towards Gran Sasso
As I follow the path around this massive quarry I climb higher and higher.In the next picture you can see at the very top the mountain where the monastery is.
The quarry today is only used for stone and then not very frequently.