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Glenwood Springs Concerned About Mining Expansion


The town of Glenwood Springs has expressed concerns about a limestone mining company's plan to expand operations.  

Rocky Mountain Resources, or RMR,  wants to begin mining land it purchased in 2016 below the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. 

Jonathan Godes, the mayor of Glenwood Springs, said the mining operations would be visible from anywhere in town. On top of that, over 500 trucks will be driving on the town's roads a day to transport that limestone. He said that will pose many environmental and economic risks. 

Godes said his town is centered around tourism, not mining. 

"If this was 10 miles away, we wouldn't have a problem with that," Godes said. "We're not anti-extraction, anti-development, but to have something like that right outside of town would really put a risk on our entire economy."

Godes said they are willing to negotiate with RMR to stop the expansion of the mining site. Rocky Mountain Resources did not return Aspen Public Radio's request for an interview.