The Union Front Page Features CLAIM-GV Photo

union_110409The Union’s front-page today features an article, “Who’s Blowing Smoke?”, about CLAIM-GV’s photographic rendering of the impact of the Idaho-Maryland Mine — should it re-open — on the Grass Valley skyline.

The article includes — finally for The Union! — a discussion of Dunn Capital Partners’ recent press release containing severe criticisms of the environmental impact the mine would have on the region.

The article also includes comments from Ralph Silberstein and Bob Bogart from CLAIM-GV:

Ralph Silberstein and Bob Bogart of CLAIM-GV said the high plumes would be caused by the extreme force with which the mine would push steam out of the ceramics plant. They base their rendition on the Claim-GV Web site on the environmental report, which indicates the six short stacks would put out 4,400 cubic feet of steam per minute at almost 1,300 degrees.

Silberstein said the drawing shows the steam going into downtown Grass Valley, but “it blows in several directions there,” and could have been shown in any direction.

“Their rendition doesn’t show a headframe or any tailings” from a working mine, Silberstein added.

Both Silberstein and Bogart also said Idaho-Maryland officials haven’t been honest in disclosing financial details, or the reason behind a recent collapse of a potential project funding source.


The mine executive also cited a 2006 survey done by the city which indicated that 72 percent of the respondents favored the mine’s reopening. Claim-GV contends the survey was done before any major impacts were known from the environmental report.

See also:

In the War of Words with Emgold, Dunn Gets the Environmental Impacts Right

Grass Valley Skyline if Idaho-Maryland Re-Opens

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2 Responses to “The Union Front Page Features CLAIM-GV Photo”
  1. depelton says:

    “In fact, the survey focused on attitudes toward quality of life, perceptions of City government services, proposals to improve conditions in Grass Valley, and planning for future growth. Only one of the 31 questions dealt with the Idaho-Maryland Mine, as follows: “Provided that appropriate environmental safeguards are in place (would you support) allowing the Idaho Maryland gold mine to reopen?” The DEIR, which was published much later, in the fall of 2008, clearly shows that environmental safeguards are not in place, and that there are serious questions about the viability of this project within 1 ½ miles of downtown, a hospital, parks, trails and schools, and surrounded by homes and businesses on all sides.

    It is significant that only 338 people responded to the survey (less than 3% out of a total population of approximately 12,000). The survey does not reveal how many of those few respondents own residential property near the mine site. It is interesting that traffic congestion topped the list of concerns and that, when asked what they liked most about living in Grass Valley, many pointed to the area’s scenic beauty, peace, and serenity.”

    From “In the War of Words with Emgold, Dunn Gets the Environmental Impacts Right”

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