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This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal approved by voters in November. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Judge puts temporary halt on NYCO dig in Adirondack Park

A mining operation set to begin as early as tomorrow in the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks has been stopped by a New York state judge.

The temporary halt on NYCO Minerals' operation in the town of Lewis comes in response to a lawsuit filed by green groups who say the project needs more environmental review.  Go to full article
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine Wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Brett Lawson, superintendent at NYCO Minerals' Lewis mine, points in June 2013 toward a 200-acre parcel of state-owned land, above and behind the rock wall, where the company wants to mine Wollastonite. Also pictured, from left, are NYCO employees Dawn Revette and Brian Shutts. Photo by Chris Knight, Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Some green groups turn to courts in Adirondack fight

Four environmental groups say they plan to sue in state court to stop a mining project proposed for the Jay Mountain Wilderness in the Adirondacks.

NYCO Minerals already has mining and processing operations in the Champlain Valley towns of Lewis and Willsboro.

They hope to conduct a series of test drills this summer, searching for a new vein of a mineral called Wollastonite. But green groups say state officials need to do a more thorough environmental review before digging begins.

This latest lawsuit reflects growing tension between some environmental activists and the Cuomo administration over management of the Adirondack Park.  Go to full article
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve.  Photo: Brian Mann
NYCO's Mark Buckley points to the border between mine-owned lands and the state forest preserve. Photo: Brian Mann

Green groups plan to sue over NYCO Adirondack mining

A coalition of green groups, including two based in the Adirondacks, say they will file legal action to block "exploratory drilling" in the forest preserve.

The groups planned to hold a press conference Friday afternoon in Albany to detail their concerns.  Go to full article
A crowd gathered in the Lewis town fire hall on Wednesday to hear details of NYCO's proposed expansion at two mines that would mean additional truck traffic and hours of operation.  Photo:  Brian Mann
A crowd gathered in the Lewis town fire hall on Wednesday to hear details of NYCO's proposed expansion at two mines that would mean additional truck traffic and hours of operation. Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO mining expansion in Adirondacks raises new questions

Last November NYCO Minerals won a statewide ballot initiative that is expected to allow them to explore for a mineral called Wollastonite on 200 acres of the Adirondack forest preserve in the Jay Mountain Wilderness.

That controversial project, involving a chunk of land known as "Lot 8" is still on-hold, awaiting permits from New York state.

But the company is also moving forward with plans to expand two existing Wollasonite mines in the Essex County town of Lewis. Company officials say the project is needed to maintain NYCO's operations.

Green groups have raised questions about the plan's environmental impacts.

But this time, local residents and some local government officials say they too have questions about the impact on public safety and on quality of life  Go to full article
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal that approved by voters last week.  The issue has sharply divided green groups.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
This 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 is likely to be mined under a deal that approved by voters last week. The issue has sharply divided green groups. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

"Serious fault line" splits Adk green groups

Green groups in the Adirondacks remain bitterly divided following last week's vote over the NYCO minerals land deal.

Voters across the state narrowly approved the controversial project.

It will allow NYCO minerals to expand its mining operations in the Essex County town of Lewis onto roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land.

Now a fierce war of words has erupted between green groups, with some environmental leaders lobbing accusations of unethical behavior and dishonesty.  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo: Brian Mann

NYCO landswap divides environmentalists

Yesterday during The Eight O'clock Hour, we reported on NYCO minerals operation in the Essex County town of Lewis. The company, which employs more than a hundred people, is hoping that voters statewide will approve a land swap next month that will allow them to expand their mining operation onto roughly 200 acres of forest preserve land.

In exchange, the company is promising to donate roughly 1500 acres of forest land to the Park, most of it bordering the Jay Mountain Wilderness. The deal has the backing of local and state officials, but it has sharply divided the region's environmental community.

Brian Mann, our Adirondack bureau chief, joined Martha Foley to talk about the dispute.  Go to full article
A 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 would be mined under a deal that will go before voters in November.  Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild
A 200-acre parcel of forest preserve land known as Lot 8 would be mined under a deal that will go before voters in November. Photo: Dan Plumley, Adirondack Wild

Mining company pushes for Adirondack land swap

Next month, voters across New York will decide the fate of two historic land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One would settle a long-standing property dispute in Raquette Lake.

The other would allow a mining company to extract a mineral called wollastonite from 200 acres of park land in the Champlain Valley town of Lewis. NYCO says the project could help preserve as many as a hundred jobs.

Because both deals involve the state forest preserve, amendments to New York's constitution are needed for the projects to move forward.

This morning, we begin a two-part series looking in-depth at the more controversial of the land swaps - the deal involving NYCO minerals.  Go to full article
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve. Photo: NYCO Minerals
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve. Photo: NYCO Minerals

Adirondack land swap divides green groups

Lawmakers in Albany have a dwindling number of hours to push through a huge backlog of bills.

One of the most controversial issues still on the table from the North Country is a bill in the state Assembly that would allow a land swap in Essex County.

The deal, which passed the state senate earlier this week, would allow a mining company called NYCO Minerals to expand its operations onto roughly 200 acres of state forest preserve land.

In exchange the company -- which operates in Lewis and Willsboro -- has agreed to purchase roughly 1500 acres that would be added to the Park's "forever wild" preserve.

The deal has the backing of two of the region's largest environmental groups. But two other green groups are fiercely opposed to the measure.  Go to full article
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve (Photo: NYCO Minerals)
The bill would allow NYCO to expand its wollastonite mine onto land that is now part of the Adirondack forest preserve (Photo: NYCO Minerals)

Cuomo, legislature back two land swaps in Adirondack forest preserve

In the final hours of the session yesterday, lawmakers in Albany pushed through two bills that would amend the state constitution for the Adirondack forest preserve. The bills will allow land swaps in Raquette Lake and Willsboro. As Brian Mann reports, green groups are supporting the Raquette Lake amendment. However, they hope to derail a plan to expand a mining operation onto state Park land in Willsboro.  Go to full article

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