Gold Mining Proposal For River Opens Wounds
by Associated Press
July 28, 2013 2:33 PM
A Canadian-based company wants to mine gold along a stretch of a South Dakota river that was once so badly polluted it was listed as a federal Superfund site.
Goldstake Explorations of Oakville, Ontario, and a Black Hills-based affiliate have received a state permit to begin exploration work next month along Whitewood Creek.
Some environmentalists worry that the plan for the 18-mile-long Superfund site will pollute the creek, which is in the watershed leading to the Missouri River.
Company officials say the permit calls for workers to take care of the land and reclaim the property when the work is done.
A five-year review conducted by the EPA last year concluded that the Superfund site is "protective of human health and the environment."