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Comstock Mining Reclaims Land in Gold Hill

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Comstock Mining, the company that is mining in the Comstock Hills has been reclaiming a section of land for the last few months.

Six acres of what was once the Keystone Mine has been reclaimed. It's been a process in the works for the last couple of months on the side of Highway 342. And that process doesn’t come cheap. "This area is about $400,000 alone for the reclamation process,” said Hal Galbraith, Director of Mining. “To give you an idea, it costs $18,000 to reseed it.”

The land will be reseeded in October, just ahead of the winter season. Crews blended the new terrain with the existing one. They also placed rocks on the land to attract wildlife back to the land. “When we reclaim it, it looks as natural as possible,” said Galbraith. “In three, or five, or 10 years, people won’t know this happened. This land will look like that land.”

Despite these efforts, some Comstock residents remain wary of pit mining. Robin Cobbey has lived in her Gold Hill home for almost 25 years. “I like that they’re doing that (reclamation),” Cobbey said. “But I don’t know what they’re going to do to reclaim the pit.”

Further down the canyon in Silver City, Christopher Brown says he has seen the reclamation efforts in Gold Hill. He is worried of what is to come if Comstock begins to mine near his home. “It would be impossible to live here,” said Brown, “the noise, the dust.”

But back at the main mine, Galbraith, who has been with Comstock Mining for just over 11 weeks, says they are trying to be a good neighbor. Reclamation is one of his main priorities. “Give us a chance,” he said. “Give me a chance. I’ve been here for 11 weeks and in that time, we’ve reclaimed six acres.”

He says the company will begin the reclamation process for six more acres later this summer.

Written By Landon Miller
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