Lawsuit seeks to close GCC Energy’s King II coal mine

A lawsuit was filed Tuesday by conservation groups calling for GCC Energy’s King II coal mine to comply with a stricter water protection rule, a move the groups say will lead to the closure of the...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mining company set to begin exploratory drilling in La Plata Canyon

A mining company is set to begin prospecting with exploratory drilling this fall in La Plata Canyon in the hopes of finding enough copper and other valuable metals to warrant a full-on operation....

DATE: Sept. 27, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

BLM issues lease for coal mine expansion in La Plata County

It’s official: GCC Energy has been issued the lease for its expansion of the King II coal mine in western La Plata County. On Friday, the Bureau of Land Management announced it issued the lease for...

DATE: June 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

GCC Energy offers to pay $3.5 million for coal mine expansion

GCC Energy has offered to pay nearly $3.5 million to secure an expansion of the King II coal mine in southwest La Plata County. GCC Energy has operated the coal mine near Hesperus since 2007. But...

DATE: April 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Silverton native receives lifetime environmental achievement award

A Silverton native with more than four decades working in the mining industry received a lifetime environmental achievement award this week from the National Mining Association. Larry Perino, who...

DATE: March 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

U.S. plans to open millions of acres of public land to drilling, cattle

The push for oil and gas development on Western public lands picked up momentum Thursday despite opposition from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Colorado conservation organizations and Colorado...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Company to shut down inactive New Mexico uranium mine

GRANTS, N.M. – A Texas-based company won’t resume operations at an inactive uranium mine and instead plans to begin an estimated 16 months of closure activity to reclaim the site in western New...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata Canyon to be explored for mining potential

Years past their heyday, the mountains of La Plata Canyon will be reexamined for their mining potential. Canadian-based Metallic Minerals Corp. has entered an agreement with two private vendors to...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kayenta Coal Mine layoffs hit as Navajo Generating Station closure looms

WASHINGTON – The last 265 workers at Kayenta Coal Mine are being laid off as August comes to an end, another step toward the looming closure of the Navajo Generating Station that will bring the...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Mining proposal in Santa Fe National Forest draws opposition

PECOS, N.M. – A proposed exploratory mining operation on Santa Fe National Forest land is drawing fierce opposition from some northern New Mexico residents. Residents near the village of Pecos are...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Partisan bills compete to reform hard-rock mining laws

WASHINGTON – Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress agree that federal hard-rock mining regulations, which are governed by a 147-year-old law, need updating. But the partisan bills that...

DATE: May 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado coal production dips in 2018

GRAND JUNCTION – Production at Colorado coal mines dipped slightly last year from 2017 levels. The Daily Sentinel reports that the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety says the...

DATE: March 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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