Lisbon Valley mine looks to expand using experimental solution extraction method

The Lisbon Valley Copper Mine hopes to add a quarter-century of life to the troubled operation roughly 40 miles southeast of Moab by using an experimental extraction method that calls for pumping water and sulfuric acid into the ground through a ring of injection wells. The acid would dissolve copper from rock and then the solution would be pumped back to the surface where it would be separated.

Liss: Land prices don’t justify cost of parking structure

Moab businessman Michael Liss Tuesday lambasted the city’s plan to build a four-story parking structure west of Main Street, claiming that “people never build parking structures if the land prices don’t justify it.” During a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Dec. 17, Liss told business leaders, “Our land is still priced low enough to make surface parking cheaper than a parking structure. Even in the very center of downtown.”