2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 9 Nov 2005 02:16:09 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Rocky Flats (CO) mineral rights
Mineral rights issue remains at Rocky Flats

Provo Daily Herald
November 8, 2005

DENVER -- The $7 billion, 10-year closure of the former Rocky Flats
nuclear weapons plant has been declared complete, but questions remain
about private mineral rights that must be acquired so it can be turned
into a national wildlife refuge.

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a defense
authorization bill that includes $10 million to buy some of the mineral
rights on the 6,240-acre site, where gravel mining has occurred on the
edges for decades.

Surrounding communities, however, have urged the federal government to
buy all the mineral rights -- even those with a low potential of
development. One of the mineral rights owners questioned whether $10
million will be enough to ensure that development doesn't hinder efforts
to turn the grassy plains and rolling hills northwest of Denver into a
wildlife haven.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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