Blizzard Atlas has canceled the state's permit hearings on uranium mining, after all.
Meeting Monday morning in Rapid City, the state Water Management Board decided to postpone this week's state permit hearings on the proposed Dewey-Burdock uranium mine near Edgemont.
The decision came as mining opponents worried that not enough of their ranks woul be able to dig out from underneath the snow and fallen tree limbs to attend the hearings scheduled for this week
About two dozen mining opponents, along with some supporters of the mine from the Edgemont area showed for the hearings Monday morning.
Clean Water Alliance attorney Bruce Ellison, representing some of the mine's opponents, said it took him an hour to reach the Best Western Ramkota. Mark Hollenbeck an Edgemont resident and project manager for Powertech, was snowed in in Rapid City over the weekend.
The board is now going to use the second week scheduled for hearings as the first. That means the water permit hearings will now begin in Rapid City on Oct. 28.
After taking a short recess, the board scheduled a new second week of hearings for Dec. 9 in Rapid City.