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“Lucky Minerals should have learned by now that our community will not rest until our irreplaceable wild places are safe from industrial gold mining,” Park County Environmental Council Executive Director Michelle Uberuaga said in a press release, according to Ecowatch. “We will win because local residents, businesses, and elected officials are united to protect our natural resources and local economy against this threat.”
“This ruling ensures that Lucky Minerals can’t harm clean water and native wildlife at the gateway into Yellowstone National Park under cover of a license that was never legally issued in the first place,” said Jenny Harbine, Earthjustice attorney in a statement.
This comes as the federal government has also permanently removed all federal land in the area near Yellowstone National Park from lease sales. First then-Secretary of Interior Zinke barred mining on public lands near Yellowstone for 20 years in October 2018, and Congress then made it permanent in March when Congress passed a massive, bi-partisan public lands bill andPresident Donald Trump signed it into law.
Why This Matters: It is National Parks Week and this is fantastic news for the crown jewel of U.S. National Parks. Good for Congress and the President for protecting Yellowstone from the scourge of mining. As a young lawyer, I (Monica) worked on behalf of President Clinton to end a previous effort by a Canadian mining company to mine for gold on federal land near Yellowstone. There are reportedly gold deposits worth billions in the mountains near Yellowstone, but any mining operation in the Park’s watershed could prove disastrous given the groundwater connectivity with the Park and its seismic tendencies. No matter how much gold is in those hills, Yellowstone National Park is priceless. And that is one thing that people across the political spectrum in the U.S. can agree on. #EarthDay
By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Pedro Bay Corp., an Alaska Native group, has struck a blow to the controversial Pebble Mine project, which had promised to be the largest gold mine in North America. Located near Alaska’s famed Bristol Bay, development on the site threatened to damage the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world, […]
A battle is raging in Nevada as the U.S. Fish, and Wildlife Service announces it will be listing Tiehm’s buckwheat flower as an endangered species, striking a blow to a lithium mining project in the region. Lithium is required for the batteries that power electric vehicles, which the government is making significant investments in to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint. But environmentalists argue that the Rhyolite Ridge lithium mine in Nevada will do more harm than good.
Why This Matters: The world is facing two major crises: global temperature rise and biodiversity loss. In the U.S., investing in renewable energy and electric power has been identified by experts as the quickest path to net-zero emissions and preventing catastrophic temperature rise.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The American agriculture system is in need of an overhaul. A combination of more erratic weather resulting from climate change and years of soil depletion make it nearly impossible to simply continue monoculture farming. An approach called regenerative agriculture could change the system. But even as farmers and agriculture […]
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