Robin Cobbey, of the CRA stated that, “ they (Storey County officials) should not be taking the position that they have 'no authority'. Taking such a weak position sets a dangerous precedent. Our position is that the county has this authority and should not give it up to help out this one mining company. If they chose to, they could be using C Street through the heart of town, if the county's argument is correct.”
The County and CMI have subverted the conditions of a Special Use Permit which prohibits running heavy ore-haul trucks on State Highway 342. CRA brought legal action against the County and CMI in an attempt to enforce the original intent of the SUP, to restrict transport of ore off-highway only. However, CMI has failed to obtain the proper permits to haul ore on Federal lands, preferring instead to take a 'path of least resistance' with county officials most friendly to their goal to amend the Special Use Permit in order to avoid another costly slow-down in production. The Comstock Residents Association allege Storey County Manager Pat Whitten violated Nevada Law by notifying CMI that Storey County would not enforce the conditions of the SUP, and CMI has violated the law by not adhering to conditions of the SUP.
The Comstock Residents Association is a nonprofit Nevada corporation representing the residents of Virginia City, Gold Hill, Silver City, and Dayton Nevada. It is a membership organization in the process of applying for 501(c)3 tax-exempt status as an educational and charitable public organization that will serve as stewards in preserving the integrity of the Virginia City National Historic District and the quality of life in the Comstock communities it embraces.
Joe McCarthy and other CRA members are available for interviews.
For additional information and interviews, contact: Steve Funk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/19/12
Comstock Residents Association-
Contact Person: Steve Funk/ Randy Pease
Telephone Number: 775-240-4871/
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Web site address: www.probisreno.com
CRA website: http://www.comstockresidents.org/