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Colorado mining board fines “illegal” operation in Jefferson County near Rocky Flats, keeps it closed

The Colorado mining board extended closure of an allegedly illegal mining and milling operation near Rocky Flats that inspectors say threatens Jefferson County watersheds, adding a fine up to $12,000 and ordering the owners to apply for a state permit and post cleanup funds.  In a contentious hearing Wednesday in front of the Mined Land […]

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Colorado fines Boulder County gold mine $17,000 for water quality violations

The state Mined Land Reclamation Board imposed a $17,000 fine on owners of the Cross and Caribou mines for water quality violations, but suspended all but $5,000 of the penalty as long as Grand Island Resources continues “good faith” efforts to install containment and cleanup equipment. The state agency’s staff largely endorsed the mining company’s […]

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Zornio: Mine operators offer no proof in lawsuit threat against Nederland officials, but plenty of intimidation

Roughly two months after Cross and Caribou mine operators were issued a cease-and-desist order for alleged heavy metal water pollution, the company responded by slapping Nederland town officials with a cease-and-desist order of their own.  The unorthodox move came as tensions flared between concerned locals and Grand Island Resources, the company that owns the Cross […]

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Owners of gold mine above Nederland warn town officials to stop defaming it for water quality violations

Owners of the Cross and Caribou mine above Nederland have warned town officials to stop disparaging the longtime gold operation for water quality violations or face $500 million in slander damages. The mine owners’ claims of disparagement by Nederland come as state reclamation officials hold a hearing Wednesday to decide fines and cleanup steps for […]

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Colorado issues cease-and-desist order for Nederland-area mine that’s leaking heavy metals into water

State water quality officials have issued a cease and desist order and threatened substantial fines against owners of the Caribou gold mine above Nederland because of heavy metals leaking into drinking water sources, hammering Grand Island Resources over repeated violations.  The dripping heavy metals are not a current threat to Middle Boulder Creek, Barker Reservoir […]