We are currently engaged with two projects that are posing immediate threats to our region.

 

Zephyr Minerals - Dawson-Green Mountain Project

Zephyr Minerals, a mining exploration company from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, has a conditional use permit to explore for gold south, west, and in full view of Canon City.  The company has staked claims from west of Grape Creek all the way to the Dawson Ranch subdivision with the probable goal of selling the entire project to a large mining corporation.

In July 2018, Zephyr expanded their footprint in Fremont County when they acquired the Green Mountain copper-gold property comprised of one patented and 33 unpatented mining claims totaling 682 acres. This property is approximately 10 km southwest of the Dawson Gold Property.  In April, The Colorado State Land Board granted a mining lease to Zephyr for the Grape Creek-Horseshoe Mountain State Stewardship Trust Land adjacent to the southwest corner of Temple Canyon Park despite receiving nearly 200 pages of letters of opposition. The acquisition of this lease allowed them to connect the Dawson Gold and Green Mountain Properties, thus the new project name of "Dawson-Green Mountain Project," which now spans a 7.5 mile distance across our mountainside.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - Oil and Gas Lease Sale

On March 28th, after denying the multiple protests submitted by citizens and organizations, the BLM sold the lease for parcel 8423 which spans the area between Temple Canyon Park and the Dawson Ranch Subdivision.  The lease was purchased by HGB Oil Corporation, headquartered in Denver.  RGPP is working with several other involved organizations to monitor any future permitting for exploration or development.