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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
Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden over the weekend stated his strong opposition to two prominent mining projects –the Pebble Mine in Alaska and possible uranium mining adjacent to the Grand Canyon — with huge impacts on local economies and Native American communities nearby.
Why This Matters: Biden understands the importance of both these pristine areas to ALL Americans, and especially their importance to Indigenous Americans.
As CNN reported, the size of Canada’s last fully intact ice shelf was reduced by 43% between July 30th and 31st when the Milne Ice Shelf on Ellesmere Island in the northern territory of Nunavut collapsed into the ocean. The ice sheet splintered in two as it sank into the Arctic Ocean. To put it […]
Approximately 2.1 million acres of intact grassland habitat in the U.S. and Canadian Great Plains were plowed under for row-crop production in 2018, according to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2020 Plowprint Report. This means that from 2014-2018, tillage of grasslands across the Great Plains occurred at an average rate of four football fields every minute. […]
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