Mark Udall released the following statement after U.S. Energy Corp., Crested Butte and local conservation groups announced today that they were open to a land exchange or similar process with the federal government for the mining property associated with the Mt. Emmons Project near Crested Butte:
"This is an encouraging development in the discussions surrounding the future of Mt. Emmons," Udall said. "I am committed to help all interested parties reach an agreement to move forward that satisfies the needs of U.S. Energy and the community. This is a special area in Colorado, and I look forward to continuing my role in facilitating this dialogue."
Udall has been in discussions with U.S. Energy Corp., Crested Butte and conservation groups for more than a year on the Mt. Emmons Project.