It is inevitable that large-scale, cyanide-leach mining will have issues and problems. The Buckhorn Mine is no exception. How a mining company and regulators address the need for change can either limit the problem or cause long-term problems that are difficult to remediate.
Over the years, OHA has raised concerns regarding mining on Buckhorn Mountain with the various incarnations of the open-pit as well as the underground proposals. Once construction and mining commenced, many of OHA’s concerns were realized and became on-the-ground issues that had or still have to be addressed. As the mining project unfolded, additional problems and issues have emerged.