|Is increased mining harmful to the Black Hills?|
|Monday, 25 April 2011 12:18|
An attorney for the group, Action for the Environment, has written to the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources pointing out that cyanide levels in Annie Creek are, in some cases, more than twice the legal limit. Gary Heckenlaible, with Action for the Environment, says the group is waiting for a response from the state. Gary Heckenlaible says, "If this is true, it violates the state water laws. It violates the state permit for mining. And we are going to pursue this. And I think an explanation by the state saying well, there's no problem there, is not going to be a sufficient answer." The Associated Press quotes State environmental scientist Shannon Minerich as saying quarterly testing has not turned up any water quality violations on the part of the mine. Mine General Manager Bill Shand told us Monday evening the mine works closely with the state to make sure it is in compliance with regulations. Wharf is seeking permission from the state to expand its operations.
Al Van Zee