Wildcat Mining hopes to start operations in La Plata Canyon

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Wildcat Mining hopes to start operations in La Plata Canyon

After years of trouble, company must meet state demands by July 1
Timeline of Wildcat’s troubles

Nov. 3, 2008: Colorado Division of Mining, Reclamation and Safety (DMRS) finds illegal road constructed at Mayday-Idaho mining complex. Mined Land Reclamation Board issues violation for commencing mining activity without permit. A subsequent investigation finds Wildcat Mining Corporation violated cease-and-desist order, and also finds an illegal portal was constructed.

Nov. 24, 2008: DMRS finds an illegally constructed mill inside the illegal portal.

Dec. 9, 2009: Board issues violation for failure to comply with cease-and-desist order and a second violation for construction of mine portal.

March 5, 2010: Board issues violation for installing a mill facility.

June 3, 2010: Inspection finds new portal opened as emergency escape. DMRS notes material was pushed into Little Deadwood Gulch and Mayday 2 area.

Dec. 12, 2011: Board authorizes these stipulations: repair the access road, stabilize Mayday 1, various work at Mayday 2, repair Chief portal, and mitigate Little Deadwood Gulch.

March 12, 2012 to April 1, 2013: Board orders Wildcat to complete work by Sept. 30.

Sept. 30, 2013: DMRS finds work not started and brings another violation.

Nov. 2013: DMRS asks board to revoke Wildcat’s permit. Board suspends permit.

Jan. 2014: All parties agree on new plan to get Wildcat in compliance.

June 2014: Wildcat outlines plan for repairs by end of 2014 construction season.

Aug. 7, 2014: DMRS determines access road built, but no other work or repairs done.

Oct. 22, 2014: Inspection finds work unfinished at Mayday 1 and not started at Mayday 2, Chief portal or Little Deadwood Gulch.

2015: “Nothing,” occurred at the site, said DMRS’s Russ Means. DMRS orders Wildcat before the board in December, recommending revocation of its permit.

January 2016: DMRS and the board give Wildcat a July 1 deadline to finish repairs or face permit revocation.

Jonathan Romeo

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