By William M. HuttonCNN reporterHarold Miner and other members of the Dutch mining community have been looking for clues in the remote, barren trailhead mines in the Nevada desert for more than a century.
But their search is about to come to an end.
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ruled last week that the mining district had no right to proceed with the mine because the state’s mine safety rules require the mine to be inspected and certified by the state, which has not done so.
A group of miners and other activists sued in July after the Nevada Department of Mines declared the trailheads unclassified, a decision that led to a temporary stay on the state agency’s inspection of the mines and the mining of the ore in them.
A federal judge on Friday rejected the district’s motion to dismiss the case, saying the state has the authority to inspect the mine and certify its safety, even if the mine is not being fully explored.
“The mine safety rule, like all other mining safety rules, requires a thorough and thorough review by a government agency,” U.K. District Judge Paul D. Breyer wrote.
“The mine is in a remote location and there are no roads leading into the mine area.”
The mine, which lies about 150 miles east of Las Vegas, is one of the biggest undeveloped mines in Nevada, with a total of 2,000 acres (1,500 hectares) of mines.
It’s the second largest mine in Nevada after the larger Kemet mine, in the nearby town of Cimarron.
The mine was designated a national monument in 1981, a designation that allowed the federal government to monitor and control the operation of the mine.
The miners and their supporters say the mines are important to the development of the desert region and contribute to economic growth and jobs.
The case is U.L.A. Minerals v.
Nevada Department Of Mines, 12-722.