AngloGold North America, Colorado's last major gold mining company, has raised over $200,000 to stop a ballot initiative aimed at restricting the use of cyanide in gold mining, the Denver Rocky Mountain News reports. AngloGold's Cresson Mine, outside Victor, CO, is the only mine in the state that would be affected. Under the initiative, the mine could continue operation until its permit expires but could not expand.
Coloradans Opposing the Unfair Shutdown Amendment, the group actively opposing the ballot initiative, expects more contributions if the proposal gets enough signatures to appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. The group has hired a California firm to devise a campaign strategy.
Much of the support for the initiative comes from surrounding counties, despite assurances from AngloGold the mine cannot leak cyanide into area waterways. According to the newspaper, the group supporting the initiative has raised about $34,000.
- by Julia M. Duncan