MANCOS URANIUM MILL PROJECT
Division of Water Rights Rejects Mancos Resources Request
for Water for Uranium Mill
On March 29, 2011, the State Engineer, Division of Water Rights (DWR) rejected the request by Mancos Resources Inc. for water for a proposed uranium mill west of Green River. Mancos Resources had requested a new appropriation of 800 acre feet of water from the Green River. The State Engineer determined: "The applicant has not provided sufficient information to support a finding that the applicant has the financial ability to pursue this application in a timely manner."
Mancos Resources may request a reconsideration or request judicial review of the decision, but that this not likely. Mancos Resources failed to respond to a February 16, 2011, DWR request for financial information. Mancos Resources did not have any uranium mines in the Green River area.
• State Engineer Decision - March 29, 2011
• Water Right Information
Hearing on Protests of Mancos Resources' Water Right Application
October 1 - Moab, Utah
The State Engineer, Utah Division or Water Rights, held a hearing on the protests of Mancos Resources request for 800 acre-feet of water from the Green River for a Uranium Mill west of the City of Green River. The hearing was held at 9:30 a.m. on October 1, 2009, at the Grand County Council Chambers, 125 East Center, Moab, Utah. No decision has been issued.
• Audio of Hearing
• Mancos Hills Industrial Park - Power Point
• Map of Industrial Park
Proposed Uranium Mill
Mancos Resounces, Inc., of Cortez, Colorado, has proposed to construct and operate a uranium mill six miles north west of Green River, Utah. The proposed site is one of several parcels of Utah School and Institutional Trust Land Administration (SITLA) land that Emery County has arranged to lease from SITLA for sale or lease to independent companies as part of an industrial development area. Mancos announced the project at a public informational meeting in Green River on March 28, 2008.
On April 10, 2008, BlueRock Resources, Ltd., a Canadian Company, issued a News Release announcing that they had arranged to purchase 100% of Mancos Resouces. The purchase agreement includes several steps in order fulfill the terms of the purchase. BlueRock also has issued a News Release announcing an agreement with Denison Mines, Inc., to provide ore to the Denison Mines uranium mill on White Mesa, near the Ute Mt. Ute tribal community in San Juan County, Utah. BlueRock has interests in uranium mines in Colorado and Utah.
On September 22, 2008, BlueRock Resources Ltd. issued a News Release announcing that they had signed a release and waiver agreement with Mancos Resources LLC, freeing both parties from a previously agreed upon merger.
The proposed mill would be licensed by the Utah Division of Radiation Control. It would also require permits from the Utah Division of Air Quality and Division of Water Quality.
◊ News Updates
• BlueRock News Releases
• May 2, 2008 — Mancos Resources Presentation to the Radiation Control Board
• September 22, 2008 — Merger with BlueRock Resources Dissolved
◊ Water for the Proposed Mill
On March 28, Mancos Resources, Inc., submitted a request to the Utah Division of Water Rights (DWR) for an appropriation of 800 acre feet of water from the Green River. Mancos submitted a revised application on April 24, 2008.
The proposed Point of Diversion of the water is 1,950 feet North and 800 feet West from the South East Corner of Section 17, Township 20S, Range 16E, SLBM. The Point of Diversion is approximarely 6 miles north of the town of Green River. The proposed diverting works are a wood crib diversion dam and a proposed pipeline to the point of use (POU). The diverting works are on U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)land and the pipeline would have to cross BLM, School and Institutional Trust Land Administration ("SITLA), and private land.
• Map of Green River
• Colorado River Basin Map
• Bureau of Reclamation-Upper Colorado River Basin
• Flaming Gorge Working Group
April 24, 2008 - Application for Water Right
May 6, 8, 13, and 15 - Notices to the Public
A Notice to Water Users was published in the Emery County Progress on May 6 and 13 and in the Moab Time- Independent on May 8 and 15, 2008. The last day to file an objection and to request a hearing was June 4.
May 30 - June 4, 2008 - Protests Filed
Three protests to the Mancos Resources application water from the Green River were filed. The Division of Water Rights forwarded the protests to Mancos Resources on June 3 and June 10 for their reply.
June 3 and June 10, 2008 - DWR Forwards Protests to Mancos Resources
June 30, 2008 - Mancos Resources Response to Protest
July 14 - Living Rivers, et al., Reply to Mancos Response
August 27, 2008 - Hearing Notice - Hearing Postponed
Hearing on Water Right Protests - 10:00 a.m. - City Council Chambers -
240 East Main - Green River
October 1, 2009 - Hearing Notice
Hearing on Water Right Protests
Grand County Council Chambers
125 East Center
◊ Water Rights Documents
• Water Right Appropriation from Green River
~ Water Right 91-5150 - Data and Information
• Application F77918
~ page 1
~ page 2
• Notice to Water Users
• Protests of Water Right Appropriation
~ Tim Vetere
~ Green River Canal Company
~ Red Rock Forests
~~ Attachment 1
~~ Attachment 2
• Notice of Protest
~ June 3, 2008
~ June 10, 2008
• Mancos Response to Red Rock Forests/Living Rivers, June 30, 2008
~ Cover letter
~ Attachment-page 2
• Red Rock Forests/Living Rivers Reply, July 14, 2008
~ page 1
~ page 2
~ page 3
~ page 4
~ page 5
~ page 6
~ page 7
• Notice of August 27 Hearing in Green River - Hearing Postponed
◊ Water Rights Laws and Regulations
• Utah Code - Statutes and Constitution
~ Utah Water Rights Law
~ Title 73. Water and Irrigation
~ Chapter 73-3. Appropriation
~ Utah Code Section 73-3-8. Approval or rejection of application
• Utah Administrative Code
~ Rule R655. Natural Resources - Water Rights
~ Rule R655-6. Administrative Procedures for Informal Proceedings Before the Division of Water Rights
◊ News Articles
• Emery County Progress
Green River Industrial Park announces first tenant - April 1, 2008
Company seeking to build uranium mill changes ownership - May 10, 2008
• Idaho Samizat: Nuke Notes
Western lands uranium gopher for October 11, 2008 - October 10, 2008
Bluerock Advances Uranium Mill Plans Via the Acquisition of Mancos Resources - April 10, 2008
Updated March 31, 2011