Remember when New Yorkers approved an Adirondack land swap to keep a mine in business and its employees on the job?
It hasn’t exactly worked out as planned so far.
Five years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment allowing NYCO Minerals to pursue a mine expansion onto the Adirondack Forest Preserve on the east side of the Jay Mountain Wilderness. Local politicians backed it for its potential economic boost, while some environmentalists got on board because of a proposed land swap that could grow the preserve.
Others feared the precedent of permitting resource development in a wilderness.
As it turns out, none of it has happened. The company’s new owners never pursued the swap and have laid off workers.
The mine north of Elizabethtown drilled some tests on the public land in question, called Lot 8, but never mined there or traded private lands with the state. The international company now in control laid off local workers and so far has left the wollastonite ore in the ground.
“It just sits there in limbo,” former NYCO CEO Peter Goodwin said.
The company won’t talk. The workers are mad. Environmentalists continue to have mixed feelings.
Read the full story at the Adirondack Explorer.
Photo of the mine east east of the Jay Mountain Wilderness was meant to expand with a land swap by Carl Heilman II.