13 years since the municipality’s decision to stop the illegal quarrying activities, the town of Mayrouba, in Lebanon’s mountainous Keserwan district, is still witnessing and struggling with the issue of rock and sand extraction. In fact, 12% of the town’s surface is now dominated by quarries despite the Ministry of the Interior’s warnings issued in 2015.  Out of the town’s 70 natural water springs, only 10 remain with the other 60 buried by sedimentation. In addition to the effects on water resources, quarrying has also affected the quality of the air with dust and particulate matter and led to massive deforestation, causing landslides.  The municipality is demanding that the used quarries be rehabilitated and greened by the contractors as well as for the operational ones to follow basic environmental regulation. In fact, owners of these quarries are desperately trying to silence those opposing them. In an interview on a local television channel, one opponent described how he was violently beaten by thugs due to his opposition to the projects.  Claims have been made that the permits under which these quarries operate are fake and under the guise of rubble transportation, hence not allowing for mining and quarrying activities to take place. In addition, the heavy trucks carrying tons of sand are also damaging roads and access to people’s homes. In April 2012, residents of Mayrouba blocked the road taken by the trucks to demand the regularization of the quarries, the rehabilitation of old quarries, the compensation for damages, and to follow the environmental laws that regulate such activities. The quarries were never fully stopped, however. Their activities were often suspended only for them to resume their work a few weeks later. The EJO “Save Mayrouba” has been on the frontlines of the resistance against the quarries. More recently, in February 2018, the movement stated that they were working with the Mayor of Meyrouba and relevant actors in the Keserwan district towards a binding solution to the problem. With the main purpose being to rehabilitate the area. In addition, they are demanding for the municipality to have a bigger role in the decision making towards the quarries, making the acceptance of such projects in their hands. Strict conditions with environmental standards, financial support and the signing of a clear and explicit commitment to comply with all conditions.