A widget for Emgold to “put up or shut up” in bid to reopen historic gold mine

Local blogger Don Pelton, an enterprising fellow, has written this on his blog, Sierra Voices:

“Sierra Voices will display the following widget in its right-hand column on all main pages and subpages until September 13th, by which time Emgold must deliver the funds to the City of Grass Valley for continuing the EIR (environmental impact report) or else its application to re-open the Idaho-Maryland Mine will expire administratively (with no further action by the fully assembled city council needed) and it will be required to start over from the beginning with a new application (should it wish to continue).”

The link to the widget is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “A widget for Emgold to “put up or shut up” in bid to reopen historic gold mine”

  1. Nice! Time will tell.

    There’s some extra irony in light of the recent headlines about backing off from the affordable housing requirements: will Emgold preemptively approach the city council and request an agenda item to defer the currently-‘no-further-action-required’ deadline? Or will the $440k show up in December and things will proceed as if the deadline never existed because we’re desperate?

    How will the council behave? Will there be any actual critical thought given to the question of whether this project was ever actually a potential economic winner for GV in the first place (lord knows there sure hasn’t been any so far), or will the status-quo (jumping-at-promises-of-jobs without actually investigating for more than 5 minutes, or beyond contracting for an economic study that uses the word ‘assumption’ about a thousand times, using the ‘estimates’ provided by the project applicant without question) continue to rule the day?

    Dang, this is like a soap opera. You can hear the cheesy theme music and the narrator’s voice… Hmm, now there’s an idea that might actually make some money: gold mining does daytime drama.

    Emgold’s stock is up to 10 cents at the moment. That’s a recent high point. Drumroll please…

  2. Thanks, Jeff.

    My purpose in creating the conspicuous countdown clock is to remind the city council that the community is keenly aware of the importance of the deadline and the importance of sticking to it.

    Beyond questions of the council’s credibility, there are important business reasons why it’s important to set a deadline — at long last — for Emgold to meet its obligations under the application process.

    High on the list of business reasons is the fact that current cost estimates delivered to the city by subcontractors in the EIR process are themselves time-constrained. As these dates come and go, the estimates (and therefore the contract terms) may expire. Redoing these contracts would cost the city yet more time/money.

    It would be very foolish to take these issues lightly.

  3. If the horrible unrealistic business plan doesn’t scare you away the environmental dangers, excessive noise/ truck traffic, and air pollution will. Way more people will leave the area and stop coming to the area because of these factors than will ever be produced even if the unachievable Emgold plan works perfectly for years to come.

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