The Baix Camp (Tarragona) has one of the highest concentration of quarries in Catalonia. In municipalities like Riudecols, currently we find that approximately 3.5% of the area of the municipality is occupied by quarries and planned permit extensions being processed means this will soon reach 11% of the municipality.
The lack of regulation of these activities at the municipal level has meant that very often companies operate without any license and with complicity of government departments with responsibility for environmental control of these activities. Moreover, in recent years there has been a clash of interests between these extractive activities and other economic initiatives such as rural tourism, the relaunching of certain agricultural areas, the enhancement of the landscape and the protection of the environment.
Other municipalities that are affected by these activities in Baix Camp include: Duesaigues, l'Argentera, Alforja, Riudecanyes, Vilanova d'Escornalbou, Pratdip Colldejou, Montroig del Camp, Montbrió del Camp, Riudoms, Yinyols, Maspujols, lAleixar, Botarell, les Borges del Camp, etc. In summary, a large majority of municipalities in the region have quarries, quarries that provide income for taxes, but also generate environmental externalities.