Reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine? Trust, but Verify

Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Ralph Silberstein, President, and Mike Pasner, Vice-President, of Citizens Looking at the Impact of Mining in Grass Valley (CLAIM-GV ). In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I’m a member of CLAIM-GV and have assisted in efforts to research the Draft Environmental Impact Report. February […]

NY Times: “Grass Valley has long since moved its economy away from mining”

Jesse McKinley, writing in the New York Times on February 10th (“Old Mines Reopen in a Revival of California’s Gold Rush“), notes the local community opposition to re-opening the Idaho-Maryland Mine and finds that, “like many other towns in the Mother Lode, Grass Valley has long since moved its economy away from mining.” The Idaho-Maryland […]

Grass Valley, California Mining Featured in Washington Post

Dale Kasler, writing in today’s Washington Post, quotes Grass Valley’s recent mayor Lisa Swarthout on the sensible objection to opening an old gold mine in the center of town: In Grass Valley, for instance, a thriving high-tech industry has sprouted in a community where the high school sports teams are called the Miners. Emotions are mixed […]

Article in The Union Reads Like an Emgold Press Release

A day or so after Jeff Ackerman published his recent Union op-ed bemoaning the regulatory hurdles Emgold must overcome in order to get permits to re-open the Idaho-Maryland mine, an article appeared in The Union (“Mine plan pushes forward“) that contains the same kind of biases and  inaccuracies found in a typical Emgold press release. This […]

Sour Grapes in Whine Country

Jeff Ackerman, editor/publisher of The Union, today gave us another of his signature anti-government rants (“Mining? Just fuhgeddaboudit“), this time in the form of an entertainingly peevish complaint about the likely failure of Emgold to get permission to re-open the old Idaho-Maryland Mine in the heart of downtown Grass Valley. He quotes and agrees with Mike […]

Why Does Emgold Say it’s in the “Advanced Stage of Permitting?”

Emgold, in its latest press release, says that it is in the “advance stage of permitting the Idaho-Maryland project.” Since Emgold was saying the same thing in its press releases over a year ago, and since the city of Grass Valley has been waiting during most of that year for Emgold to submit a modified […]

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

by Bob Bogart Want to trust your town to a company headed straight down while the underlying value of their “product” is heading straight up? Ask yourself why gold has more than doubled in 5 years and the value of Emgold has fallen by 96%? Ask yourself, if this project is going to be so […]

KVMR’s Paul Emery Interviews Idaho-Maryland CEO David Watkinson

Paul Emery, on tonight’s KVMR Evening News, interviewed Idaho-Maryland Mine Company President and CEO David Watkinson. Watkinson indicated that the April 8th deadline set by the city of Grass Valley would be no problem and that he plans to contact the city in January to take the next steps in satisfying their requirements. Presumably this will include […]

KVMR: Joe Heckel Explains City’s April 8th Deadline for Idaho-Maryland

Paul Emery, on last night’s KVMR Evening News, interviewed Joe Heckel, Grass Valley’s Community Development Director, about the status of Emgold’s Idaho-Maryland Mine project. Heckel essentially confirmed Mayor Lisa Swarthout’s statement to David Watkinson, CEO of the Idaho-Maryland Mine Company, in September of 2009, that the city had decided to require a revised DEIR. In his interview […]

Acid Mine Drainage, A Problem Not Addressed in the IMM DEIR

Originally published in the Mail & Guardian, Nov 12, 2010, as “Rising water, rising fear: SA’s mining legacy.” Reprinted with permission of the author by MARA KARDAS-NELSON Environmental activist Mariette Liefferink’s four-inch crimson heels still sport their Woolworths sticker as they puncture the sulphuric crust lining Robinson Lake, situated in the Western Basin of the Witwatersrand. […]

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