December 2017

Lead Story: Newmont Proposes Treating Toxic Mine Water Forever 

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) defines “treatment (of mine sites) in perpetuity” as 500 years or greater; in other words, no end in sight. This is what Newmont Mining Corporation is ef- fectively proposing for acid mine drainage from the Phoenix Mine, located southwest of Battle Mountain. For Nevadans, a proposal in which waste requires perpetual treatment conjures up the multigen- erational nuclear waste dump proposal for Yucca Mountain….


December 2016

Lead Story:  Tosawihi : Another Threatened
Western Shoshone Treasure

When we wrote this, small advances were being made in North Dakota to protect land sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the waters of the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline. In Michigan, the Menominee Tribe is currently finding few means to save the waters of the Menominee River, burial sites and other tribal legacies from a proposed mine project which could ultimately affect the Great Lakes.  …


December 2015

Lead Story:  Mining and Nevada’s Water

According to state of Nevada pumping data1 the mining industry is the second largest water user in the state, behind agriculture and ahead of municipal and quasi-municipal users….


December 2014

Lead Story:  Bald Mountain Mine Threatens Sensitive Wildlife

Barrick Gold Corp. continues to expand its Bald Mountain gold mining operations south of the Ruby Mountain range in Elko County. BLM released for comment “Exploration Plan Amendment #17” on the Bald Mountain Mine, to which GBRW sent comments, focusing mostly of impacts to sage grouse and Mule deer….


Spring 2013

Lead Story:  Comstock Residents Continue to Challenge Open Pit Mining

In the Summer 2011 and Spring 2012 issues of Bristlecone, we featured stories about the mining project initiated by Comstock Mining, Inc. (CMI) in Lyon and Storey Counties….

Comments on Extractive Industry Projects

June 12, 2018:  California Open-Pit Metallic Mine Backfill Regulations – Pit Lakes

May 31, 2018: Supplemental Comments on the Environmental Assessment for the Cortez Refractory Ore Amendment to the Plan of Operations 

May 25, 2018:  Comments on the Major Modification of the Water Pollution Control Permit NEV87061, Fortitude/Reona (Phoenix) Project 

May 24, 2018: Comments on the Environmental Assessment for the Cortez Refractory Ore Amendment to the Plan of Operations

January 28, 2018: Comments on renewal of Water Pollution Control Permit NEV2003107, Hollister Mine Development Block Project

January 17, 2018:  Letter to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Mining Regulation and Reclamation regarding the Phoenix Mine Expansion.

November 21, 2017:  Eagle relocation permit scoping comments submitted by Western Watershed Project with GBRW as a signatory.

October 16, 2017:  Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Greater Phoenix Mine Project (DOI- BLM-NV-B010-2016-0009-EIS)

September 14, 2017:   Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Greater Phoenix Project; request for comment extension period 

September 8, 2017:  Comments of the Mule canyon Mine Water Pollution Control Permit (NEV94110) renewal

May 1, 2017:  Scoping Comments for the Proposed Deep South Expansion Project – Crescent Valley, Nevada

February 10, 2017:  Scoping comments for the Rain Mine Final Permanent Closure Plan

July 25, 2016:  Final Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Barrick Gold U.S Inc. proposed Bald Mountain Mine North and South Operations Area Projects

January 12, 2015:  Comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment, Horse Canyon/Cortez Unified Exploration Project Plan of Operations (NVN- 066621 [13-1A]) and Reclamation Permit No. 0159 Plan Modification, Addendum, and Amendment,


Reports and Media Releases


December 4, 2017.  Media Release:  Trump EPA abandons safeguards protecting taxpayers from mine cleanup costs


July 20, 2017.  Media Release:  New Study: 74% of U.S. gold mines pollute water 

July 20, 2017.  U.S. Gold Mines Spills & Failures Report

The Track Record of Environmental Impacts Resulting from Pipeline Spills, Accidental Releases and Failure to Capture and Treat Mine Impacted Water.  This report is coauthored with Earthworks.