The 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.