Rapid City Council said no to gold exploration near Silver City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Council said no to gold exploration in the Silver City area on Monday.

Council chambers were packed Monday night for a major decision regarding gold exploration and environmental safety. 31 people asked to make public comment, all of them concerned about a resolution opposing gold exploration in the Black Hills. The main concern that many have: Water quality.

Opponents of mining say chemicals used fro mining may contaminate the water and destroy land via digging. Proponents for exploration argued that mining technology has evolved and is advanced enough to prevent dangerous levels of chemicals from damaging the environment.

“And just like 100 years ago we didn’t know some of the impacts that mining would have, but we have science and we’ve grown in technology and we know how to manage these situations.” said Andrea Brickey, former miner/mining professor.

Council members and Rapid City residents spent over an hour debating, expressing fears, and asking questions. In the end, the council voted no to gold exploration near Silver City.

 

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