Mining in Crested Butte
Let me begin by indicating I have a interest in this issue.
I agree with your arguements and will add that the average miner will bring something else to the table. Stable high wage jobs. Look a the environmental controls in place. Look at those planned and decide if you feel there is threat to the water shed. Look at the regulatory hurdles a mine must over come to open today. This is not something that would happen under any grandfather clause, but is instead a new project that wiould hae full oversight on all areas. I don't think anyone with hthe state or feds would want a significant issue under their watch in crested butte.
Finally follow the money. The oposition groups are not a bunch of local trust funders riding their bikes through town. That may be their vocal front line, but follow the money.
I recognize their are two sides to this. I can rip apart my arguments as many of you will. I'd rather have the mining taking place here, where th companies are under full oversight of our regulatory agencies than in China or South America, where the environment and workers will be exploited. In the end, I think this will all end up in the courts