Miner setback

A failure to obtain proper mining permits resulted in a hint of success for the Comstock Resident Assocation’s first round of legal actions against Comstock Mining, Inc (CMI). Opposition against open pit mining near Virginia City has been going on for some time, escalating after the Storey County planning commission approved CMI’s efforts to haul ore on state route 342 (“Mineshafted,” July 26).

A motion to dismiss legal action against Storey County and CMI was rejected by the District Court, which ruled that the county and CMI “failed to carry their burden of proof,” according to District Judge James Wilson. CRA is taking legal action against CMI and Storey County on the basis of health concerns caused by hauling ore and the lack of proper permits to haul ore on state route 342, the main road through Virginia City, as opposed to truck route 341.