Wildcat Mining hopes to start operations in La Plata Canyon


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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