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Garfield County recently adopted a new set of regulations that could be applied to mining projects. The new rules – called 1041 regulations – could shape the development of the controversial Rocky Mountain Industrials (formerly Rocky Mountain Resources) expansion near Glenwood Springs. 

Report / Colorado Natural Heritage Program

A study released this week by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program finds native plants and wildlife could be negatively affected if mining company Rocky Mountain Resources’ expansion proposal is approved. 

The mining company is looking to expand its operations at the Mid-Continent Quarry by 5,000% just outside of Glenwood Springs. 

Rob McFarland

Witches’ Pantry is stocked with animal bones, microbes and stalagmites and stalactites, but it's not a cupboard in a haunted house. It's a cave recently discovered in Glenwood Springs that researchers say could be home to new scientific findings. If mining company Rocky Mountain Resources' expansion proposal is approved, Witches’ Pantry could be destroyed.

Kristen Levy

Witches’ Pantry is a cave recently discovered in the boundaries of Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposed expansion of the Mid-Continent Quarry in Glenwood Springs. 

If the mining company’s proposal is approved, the cave and all the potential science within it could be destroyed, according to the cavers who discovered it.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

The City of Glenwood Springs filed a motion Monday to intervene in Rocky Mountain Resources’ lawsuit against Garfield County.

The controversial mining company operates the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. It filed federal and state lawsuits suggesting Garfield County has no authority over their limestone mining operations after the county cited the company for violating their special-use permit.

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In December, the Bureau of Land Management said it will not make a decision to approve Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposal for a hydrology study until early 2020. 

The mining company owns the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs and is looking to expand operations by 5,000%. For the Bureau of Land Management to approve that expansion, it must first conduct a hydrology study. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

Glenwood Springs officials are applauding the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to postpone approving a hydrology study by mining company Rocky Mountain Resources.

The company is looking to expand its limestone mining operations just north of Glenwood Springs by 5,000 percent.

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

The Bureau of Land Management said Thursday it will not make a decision to approve Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposal for a hydrologic study until early 2020.

Rocky Mountain Resources operates the Mid-Continent Quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. The mining company is looking to expand their limestone mining operations by 5,000 percent. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

“We’re at war. These are battles we need to win.”

Mayor Jonathan Godes stood in front of a large room of City Hall lined up next to other city officials at the recent rollout of the “Don’t Strip Glenwood” campaign. 

The city is designating $1.25 million to fight Rocky Mountain Resources’ proposed limestone mine expansion. City officials say if that expansion is approved, it could decimate their tourist town. 

Molly Dove / Aspen Public Radio

County officials in Colorado have imposed a moratorium on new or amended mining and gravel projects for the next six months to allow time to create a 2030 comprehensive plan and adjust the land-use code.

The Post Independent reported Monday that the moratorium imposed in Garfield County means Rocky Mountain Resources Industrials cannot make changes to its special use permit for a limestone mine north of Glenwood Springs.

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Glenwood Springs launched their “Don’t Strip Glenwood” campaign Friday to fight against Rocky Mountain Resources, a company mining limestone a mile outside of city limits. 

Currently, Rocky Mountain Resources’ operates on about 15 acres at the Mid-Continent Quarry near the Transfer Trail. It runs seven days a week between 7 a.m and 5 p.m.

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