|On less ecstatic news, we were told last Fall that Land Use had hired a third-party consultant to evaluate the particulars of SU 96-18 and make recommendations. We learned from our latest review of internal correspondence dated January 16th, 2018 that the Land Use Dept / the County appears to have had a “hiCcUp” with their third party consultant, but should have a decision within a week. That deadline came and went– but we certainly appreciate the Director and the County doing their due diligence and affirming that Martin Marietta’s permit has lapsed due to the five year of inactivity lapse provision.
We also learned from internal correspondence between the Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety and Julie Mikulas, Land Manager, Martin Marietta Materials dated February 2nd, 2018 that Martin Marietta is in violations of the pond bank erosion repairs and the slope gradient, and has failed to demonstrate that the current flood protection plan is adequate to protect the site from stream capture and associated flood damage.
Ms. Mikulas’ response for Martin Marietta was to request a nine month extension to comply with the State’s corrective actions, extending deadline to June 25th, 2018. In justification for their extension request, Mikulas identifies “…dealing with some issues with Boulder County [and that] The neighbors have questioned the validity of our Special Use Permit with Boulder County. The Boulder County Land Use Director [Dale Case] requested that we submit documentation showing that our permit has not experienced a five year lapse of inactivity. We submitted our documentation to the Director mid July 2017.”
Worth noting: it took MMM FIVE months to meet the Director’s obvious request to submit proof of continuous mining activity– and MMM’s activity log constitutes of a self-serving list of compliance with administrative procedures, paying fees, weed remediation, prairie dog control. MMM included no receipts or substantiating evidence supporting these non-MINING activities and requirements. SOSVV’s claims that MMM has not mined under any portion of SU 96-18 is confirmed by the partial landowner, Director of BCPOS, Eric Lane, in his June 2017 letter to US Fish & Wildlife requesting a new Biological Study reflecting current conditions and new information be considered.
Ms Mikulas concludes by asking the State’s Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety for a nine month extension to comply with corrective actions currently mandated by the State:
–”[Martin Marietta] would prefer to not re-work the banks now and then have to go back in and rework again once the reclamation configuration is determined.”–
It seems that Ms. Mikulas / Martin Marietta Materials do NOT care about the dangerous position that their existing violations and unwillingness to adhere to the recommendations made or to the deadline set by the State’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety compromises the citizens and properties in the St Vrain Valley. Ms Mikulas overlooks the fact that floods are not scheduled events, that can be postponed at industry’s convenience or that will be contained by negligible restoration work– as evidence in the 2013 Flood.
Ms Mikulas doesn’t realize that we are not “the neighbors”– we are SOSVV– a community of concerned, informed citizens throughout Boulder County and the Front Range, comprised of hydrologic engineers, farmers, ranchers, geologists, recreationists, attorneys, writers, researchers, businessmen, parents, Native American leaders, and activists.
SOSVV proclaims the right of self-governance in matters that directly affect the people and the environment in which we live. We assert our community’s right to clean air and pure water from the St Vrain River; the rights of ecosystems to thrive; the right to peaceful enjoyment of this unique place by residents, recreationlists, and visitors; we assert the importance of conserving the archeology, wildlife, Prime Farmland, and wholeness of the St Vrain Valley– the least developed mountain river valley leading from the Front Range onto the Great Plains.
SOSVV will be submitting an official letter to the State’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in response to Ms Mikulas’ February 2nd letter and to MMM’s extension request from the State.
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