The South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment has issued an order continuing (putting off, tabling, however you like to say it in non-lawerspeak) until after all other permits have been granted. In effect, this means there will be no large scale mining permit issued this year to Powertech!
The order states, “The Hearing Chair has reviewed the briefs and considered the statutory construction of SDCL 45-6B in total to determine whether the Board of Minerals and Environment (BME) is further able to fully consider the grant or denial of the permit without waiting for the other agencies and boards of the local, state and federal government to first rule on the licenses or permits within their respective jurisdictions. The failure of any of those other agencies or boards to grant their licenses, permits or other approvals may render a predetermination of the BME on the permit moot or potentially…
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