Re Salt Lake Tribune editorial ("Goshutes should have had more say over mine plan," Jan. 15):
The Gold Hill mine disturbance will total 100 acres, equal to about one-millionth of the total acreage comprising the state of Utah. The mining company will post a $1.37 million cash bond before beginning operations, to ensure reclamation.
The mining company spent four years and $5 million obtaining mining permits from Utah and the federal Bureau of Land Management (including a one-year delay while answering the Goshute tribe’s questions and complaints). The Goshute Reservation is 10 miles away from the mining property.
The Gold Hill mining district was established in 1868, about 50 years before the Goshute Reservation was established. Historically, more than 40 mines have operated in the district since its establishment.
The mine will employ at least 50 people, including qualified members of the Goshute tribe who apply for employment. These jobs are important to western Tooele County, where jobs are scarce. Employees of the mining company plan to exist peacefully with the Goshute tribe.
Approximately 40 gold mines in adjacent northeastern Nevada use the same gold extraction process that will be used at Gold Hill.
I say cheers to the mining company for its efforts.
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