Elko Daily Free Press
|Elko County Commissioners last week passed resolutions calling for a legislative review of the state's mitigation process and a moratorium on new mine bonding rules.|
|The request for a review by the
Nevada Legislature was in response to the finding of the
Elko County Grand Jury that state and federal officials
broke the law in the mitigation involving Independence
But Commissioner Llee Chapman objected to the resolution. "Somebody has to have been wronged.
Chapman's concern about the presentment stems from comments by Bob Micsak, IMC attorney and vice president, that the mining company voluntarily paid $500,000 for mule deer habitat rehabilitation.
Commission Chairman Royce Hackworth disagreed, "I don't think Micsak had any choice but to make that comment.
Chapman said the money paid was just part of doing business and since the mining company did not complain, then the grand jury should not have investigated.
"Let us decide," said Chapman, who is administrative manager for Barrick Goldstrike. "We can run our business better than you can.
Public lands activist Ed Presley said Chapman could not say any different because Barrick is under the same kind of governmental pressure as any other mining company.
"I would take
strong issue with your
statement that the end justifies the means, whether it
breaks the law or not," Presley said. "You're
trying to put a `good' hat on something that is very
Congress to place a
moratorium on implementation of the bonding rules.
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