Pact reached over mine properties

New owner commits to working with local, state groups
Will Shoemaker
Times Editor
Following the recent acquisition of mine properties at Mt. Emmons above Crested Butte by a subsidiary of mining giant Freeport-McMoRan, officials with local and state agencies this week unveiled a draft agreement that could drastically change in coming years what has been a thorn in the side of the community for nearly four decades. Numerous groups — including parties to the pact, mine opponents and lawmakers — are hailing the monumental agreement for providing a foundation for a partnership between the mining company, the Crested Butte community and government agencies that would, first and foremost, ensure water quality.


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