Mine Owner Fighting Utah over Water Treatment

Thu, 04/26/2012 - 5:55am

RICHFIELD, Utah (AP) — The Utah coal mine that collapsed in 2007, killing nine people, filled up with groundwater that continues to spill out.

The operator of the shuttered Crandall Canyon mine says it's cleaning the iron-rich water before sending it into local creeks.

But Genwal Resources Inc. says the state's demand for a three-year bond to guarantee the work gets done is excessive.

It wants to cut the bond amount to two years' worth of water treatment.

Genwal is set to argue its case at a Wednesday hearing in Richfield before the Utah Board of Oil, Gas and Mining.

In March, Genwal pleaded guilty in federal court to two misdemeanor criminal charges for violating safety rules arising from the mine's collapse. The company also agreed to pay a $500,000 fine.


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