La Plata County commissioners OK King II coal mine permit

La Plata County ended six years of negotiation Wednesday by approving a Class II land-use permit for the King II coal mine, although the unanimous vote may bring legal action from residents. As an...

DATE: June 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Economic adviser will help Silverton through mine cleanup

A federal grant will fund an economic development coordinator to help Silverton and San Juan County businesses during the potential Superfund cleanup of historic mines. “They are totally reliant on...

DATE: May 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Increased production at King II coal mine prompts complaint

The environmental group WildEarth Guardians filed a complaint Thursday against a federal agency for failure to follow its own policies. The complaint says the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation...

DATE: May 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Officials: New Mexico slighted in mine spill aftermath

FARMINGTON – On the second and final day of a mining conference in Farmington, a question borne out of mounting frustration was raised by a New Mexico representative: “Are we going to benefit from...

DATE: May 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials tour King II coal mine site ahead of permit vote

In preparation of a long-awaited vote on a Class II land-use permit, La Plata County officials toured the King II coal mine site in Hesperus and surrounding residential areas Wednesday afternoon....

DATE: May 18, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wildcat Mining hopes to start operations in La Plata Canyon

Another year, another round of fines, state orders and recommendations to revoke the permit of the hopeful silver- and gold-seeking Wildcat Mining Corp. Yet, in what could be the operator’s last...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Despite initial frenzy, Superfund proposal comments scarce

Halfway through a public comment period, a mere five short responses have been posted regarding the proposed Superfund designation for the mining district north of Silverton. On Aug. 5, 2015, the...

DATE: May 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA provides $600,000 for river warning system

An additional $600,000 has been set aside by the Environmental Protection Agency for a real-time warning system that will be installed in the Animas and San Juan rivers to alert local governments...

DATE: May 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bandora Mine poses threat to South Mineral Campground

The Bandora Mine is just one of an undetermined number of inactive mines in San Juan County at risk of a blowout. Yet what makes the danger of this collapsed portal particularly of concern: a...

DATE: May 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Metal loading into Upper Animas River remains a mystery

With much of the recent focus on the Cement Creek drainage, the major sources for metal loading into the reaches of the Upper Animas River remain a bit of a mystery for researchers. Yet Sunnyside...

DATE: April 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

EPA is coming to town

All this week, the Environmental Protection Agency will be dropping in on public meetings in communities affected by the Gold King Mine spill, providing an update on the recently proposed Superfund...

DATE: April 24, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Environmental groups sue over New Mexico coal plant

Making good on a December vow, a coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday announced it had formally filed an action against the U.S. government for extending operations at a New Mexico coal...

DATE: April 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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