Molybdenum mine on Mount Emmons gets initial federal approval

Posted: May 6, 2013

Written by

Mark Jaffe, Denver Post
Mount Emmons

The longest-running mining fight in the West entered a new chapter in April as U.S. Energy won federal approval on a molybdenum-mine plan on Mount Emmons, just outside Crested Butte. The 204-page plan calls for a mine that would produce 12,600 tons of ore per day and operate for 33 years. Construction would require 1,000 workers.

The U.S. Forest Service's approval sets the stage for an environmental-impact statement.

Riverton, Wyo.-based U.S. Energy has been trying to develop the mineral deposit on Mount Emmons — known as the Red Lady — since 1970 but has faced stiff resistance from town residents.

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