|In Situ Mine In Crow Butte, NE|
What Azarga Wants To Do In The Black Hills
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Anyway, all this was scheduled to get aired out during a two-hour session on Friday, but Mark Hollenbeck, per an e-mail I received (more specifically, it was forwarded to me and what
|The Clean Water Alliance|
Why Won't The Miners Talk To Us?
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I told one of the organizers that to cancel the forum on the basis that "fairness" required cancellation since one "side" refused to participate, gave those who would risk water resources for personal economic gain, control over whether the community heard anything about or discussed the issue. Seems unfortunate that this collection of young professional in our Black Hills community which gathers to discuss local issues, will to date, not have an important discussion about water."
As this event has been scheduled for at least a month, probably longer, and the "litigation" referenced has been in the works for probably much longer than that, I have to be skeptical about Hollenbeck's reason for cancelling. Considering the amount of heat that Azarga has been taking over this mine, the company's appearance at this high-profile forum would have been a great opportunity to present its case to a large and involved group of Black Hills residents. Why they chose to pass it up is their business, but from my vantage point it looks to me like they're backing away from public scrutiny.
I invite Hollenbeck or any other spokesman from Azarga to set me straight if I'm wrong.