Update on the Mill Permit Amendment

Posted on: January 13th, 2018

Happy New Year!

Thanks to all the people that attended the Special GHTMeeting that was held Monday, January 8th.  I appreciate the conversations, especially for those who stayed for the strategy planning and those that did extensive research on the topics, volunteering their time to help the community. 

One very noteworthy volunteer who needs to be recognized is Bob Walter who has served GHTMeeting for decades! Bob has taken care of the Gold Hill Cemetery preserving its history for our community and the future. He has been seen doing mitigation work, fixing fences, and he has a passion for doing what is right for the community where he led the cemetery committee for many years.  THANKS Bob for all that you have done for us!

Monday‚Äôs meeting started with concerns about milling and mining.  Below you will find links for you to explore information from the state.  There are other documents there with updates, etc. 

Here is a link to M0-1994-117

http://mining.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx

http://drmsweblink.state.co.us/drmsweblink/DocView.aspx?id=1227439&page=1&dbid=0

And here is the link to the application to amend the Mill Permit

http://drmsweblink.state.co.us/drmsweblink/DocView.aspx?id=1230723&page=1&dbid=0

Please know that you can forward comments to:

Colorado Division of Minerals and Geology
Mined Land Reclamation Division
1313 Sherman Street – Room 215
Denver CO 80203

When you submit comments, my understanding is that you will be added to the mailing list and be able to make comments at the pre-hearing. Please include your own name, address and phone number in any letter you send.

I hope to see you at our next GHTMeeting on Monday, February 12th where we will continue with updates and our strategy of community, communication and mitigation.

Sincerely,

Tony Vrba, GHTM Chair

More info…
The Mined Land Reclamation Board found a violation for offside damage related to the Times Mine subsidence that occurred under Sunshine Canyon Drive due to the operator’s attempt to rehabilitate the mine to install a fresh water pipeline to the mill . The Board required the operator to submit an amendment or conversion application to include the Times Mine area and all other areas where water acquisition, conveyance, or storage for the mill will occur. This would include the area where he intends to pump fresh water from Left Hand Creek, the pipeline from the creek to the mill, and any mine workings that will be utilized for water conveyance or storage. The purpose of the amendment is to have all disturbance related to the mill included in the permit so that we can regulate those activities, and have a reclamation plan and appropriate financial warranty in place for these disturbances.

 
You may submit your comment or objection to our office via email to michaela.cunningham@state.co.us or by mail at 1313 Sherman St., Room 215, Denver, CO 80203. Please be sure to include the permit no. M-1994-117 (Gold Hill Mill) in your letter, and specify the Amendment No. 1 (Revision AM-1) which you are objecting to. In order for you to be considered a party to the matter, your comment/objection must also include your name, mailing address, and a phone number.
 
Hope this helps!

 

Thanks,
 
Amy Eschberger
Environmental Protection Specialist

 

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 9:25 AM, Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Tony,

I read your note in the Next Door thingy..I hope your comments will also go out in the minutes of the Town Meeting.
Aside, I have been making some calls regarding public comment and please read below. It seems that comment can be made via email to Michael Cunningham, with Boulder County. You might want to add that as an option for folks.
Best,

Joanne

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Eschberger – DNR, Amy <amy.eschberger@state.co.us>
Date: 12 January 2018 at 14:08
Subject: Re: Permit #M1994117
To: Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com>
Cc: “Cunningham – DNR, Michael” <michaela.cunningham@state.co.us>


Hi Joanne,

 
I am the lead specialist for Boulder County, but Michael Cunningham is reviewing the amendment application recently submitted for Gold Hill Mill. I would recommend you contact him for information regarding the application. However, I can go ahead and provide a few details that may be helpful. Our Mined Land Reclamation Board found a violation for offside damage related to the Times Mine subsidence that occurred under Sunshine Canyon Drive due to the operator’s attempt to rehabilitate the mine to install a fresh water pipeline to the mill (see enclosed Board Order). The Board required the operator to submit an amendment or conversion application to include the Times Mine area and all other areas where water acquisition, conveyance, or storage for the mill will occur. This would include the area where he intends to pump fresh water from Left Hand Creek, the pipeline from the creek to the mill, and any mine workings that will be utilized for water conveyance or storage. The purpose of the amendment is to have all disturbance related to the mill included in the permit so that we can regulate those activities, and have a reclamation plan and appropriate financial warranty in place for these disturbances.
 
You may submit your comment or objection to our office via email to michaela.cunningham@state.co.us or by mail at 1313 Sherman St., Room 215, Denver, CO 80203. Please be sure to include the permit no. M-1994-117 (Gold Hill Mill) in your letter, and specify the Amendment No. 1 (Revision AM-1) which you are objecting to. In order for you to be considered a party to the matter, your comment/objection must also include your name, mailing address, and a phone number.
 
Hope this helps!

 

Thanks,
 
Amy Eschberger
Environmental Protection Specialist

1313 Sherman Street, Room 215, Denver, CO 80203

Amy.Eschberger@state.co.us  | http://www.mining.state.co.us

 

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 11:52 AM, Joanne Cole <jocole420@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Amy,

My name is Joanne Cole and I live in Gold Hill CO. I am trying to submit public comment on the above permit, pulled by the Colorado Milling Company.
My question is: can I submit public comment via this email? If not, please tell me deadlines and where to send snail mail.