If the state says it is OK for BP Minerals to strip-mine the Oquirrh Mountains for gold, it will be OK with Salt Lake County, planners decided Tuesday.
The county Planning Commission voted unanimously to give tentative approval for the project, which would add 200 permanent jobs and produce 70,000 ounces of gold annually during the eight-year life of the mine.The approval came two weeks after the County Commission voted to rezone the mountain side to accommodate the project.
As in previous hearings on the project, no one spoke in opposition.
Company officials said the project probably would not begin until June or July 1989. State environmental officials and the Salt Lake City-County Health Department's division of water quality must approve the project before work could begin.
County planners said they will grant final approval after those groups have approved the project.