Abandoned Mine Lands Update
Nov 19, 2020
Tawny Bridgeford (National Mining Association) and Steve Moyer (Trout Unlimited) discussed legislative prospects post‐election, as well as how both groups worked together to find consensus on the pilot project program.
Audio Only (see MMSA Web Page). No slides were used during this Webinar.
From Karin Olson Hoal to All Panelists: 12:12 PM ‐ Are you sharing slides?
From Susan Wager to Everyone: 12:12 PM ‐ There are no slides for this webinar.
From Bill Cross to All Panelists: 12:14 PM ‐ Thank you for this insightful conversation.
From Michael McHugh to All Panelists: 12:18 PM ‐ Can you outline the top 3 or 4 barriers to agreement? How can municipal water suppliers help?
From Bill Cross to All Panelists: 12:18 PM ‐ We are a new technology company, Avivid Water Technology, with a proven ability to clean up AMD not using caustic chemicals. How do we get access to your expertise to be able to install pilots and fund them. We are constantly running into road blocks. Sorry, I failed to mention we are located in Boulder County, Colorado
From Ann Carpenter to All Panelists: 12:22 PM ‐ Bill … please reach out to me: email@example.com … and we can find a time to discuss after this forum; and get you involved in our April 2021 Summit in Phoenix.
From Jason Sutter to All Panelists: 12:29 PM ‐ Where/how can we register for the April Summit?
From Susan Wager to Everyone: 12:30 PM ‐ We will have the registration information on the MMSA website at http://www.mmsa.net/ and will also be sending out an announcement in early 2021.
From Michael McHugh to All Panelists: 12:34 PM ‐ Contact Joe Harrington of Mine Water and Marshall Brown General Manager of Aurora Water.
From Todd Bragdon to All Panelists: 12:34 PM ‐ City of Aurora is working with Joe Harrington (mine owner) of the London Mine in Breckenridge area to utilize water rights associated with the mine to provide water supply to the City. Suggest reaching out to Joe Harrington if the group would like more information or a future presentation.
From Katie Walton‐Day to All Panelists: 12:34 PM ‐ How does remining old mine waste play into the Good Sam legislation? Sorry if you mentioned it… my internet is unstable
From Jason Willis to Everyone: 12:35 PM ‐ https://www.minewater.com/ That is the website for his company. (Joe Harriington)
From Jason Sutter to Everyone: 12:35 PM ‐ Has Arizona been involved in discussions regarding AML projects and Good Sam? Just curious.
From Jay Gear to All Panelists: 12:36 PM ‐ Are there international success stories on how AML cleanups are accomplished through different legislative approaches…perhaps can be used in advocacy efforts to congress, etc.?
From Katie Walton‐Day to Everyone: 12:37 PM ‐ Thank you.
From Jonathan Zittel to Everyone: 12:38 PM ‐ Could participants get a list and general location (state) of the proposed pilot projects?
From James Gusek to All Panelists: 12:39 PM ‐ Does the bill have provisions for sponsoring research by companies or academia?
From Nick DiMascio to All Panelists: 12:39 PM ‐ Here is a link to a Colorado Sun article on the Aurora ‐ Joe Harrington project on the London Mine: https://coloradosun.com/2019/08/15/aurora‐water‐toxic‐mine/
From Jason Sutter to Everyone: 12:40 PM ‐ The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has been focusing within the last two years on legacy mine site identification and remediation. There could be an opportunity there for further support.
From Jason Sutter to All Panelists: 12:42 PM ‐ Yes, ADEQ’s current sites are here: http://azdeq.gov/node/7368. We’ll be leveraging national resources on building on our efforts.
From Tom Crafford to Everyone: 12:44 PM ‐ If initial focus is on ‘dry’ sites, then won’t the environmental improvements be less significant? Shouldn’t focus be more on those sites with the greatest potential for reaping truly significant environmental improvements, which would largely be water quality related.
From James Gusek to All Panelists: 12:48 PM ‐ Does insitu mine waste remediation fall under the definition of a “dry site”?
From Jason Willis to Everyone: 12:48 PM ‐ Yes
From James Gusek to All Panelists: 12:49 PM ‐ How about Tiger Tunnel for a site, Jason?
From Jason Willis to Everyone: 12:49 PM ‐ Ha. We currently use that treatment on our dry sites under existing Good Sam protections.
From Karin Olson Hoal to Everyone: 12:50 PM ‐ What kinds of characterization methodologies are desired ‐ and can be provided b academics to better know what the materials are, where the metals are situated, mineralogy etc?
From Jason Willis to Everyone: 12:53 PM ‐ Hey Karin. Feel free to reach out to me directly and I’d be happy to answer your question. firstname.lastname@example.org
From Michael McHugh to All Panelists: 12:53 PM ‐ Thank you for a great discussion!
From Jonathan Zittel to Everyone: 12:53 PM ‐ Sorry if I missed this‐ does the legislation have opportunity with the pilot projects for redevelopment? Say like develop a solar farm something along the lines of The Nature Conservancy’s Mining the Sun program?