Lead Story: LONG CANYON MINE Water and Culture Sacrificed for Gold
The destruction of cultural sites for the sake of gold and massive groundwater pumping is all too familiar in the Great Basin…
Lead Story: The Destruction of the Sacred
There’s a very serious lack of legal protection for Native American sacred lands. For example, the Native American Religious Freedom Act is narrowly interpreted by the courts; so long as an action is not forcing Native people from doing something against their religion, then their religious freedom is not being affected despite the loss of a cultural area…
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….
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. …
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….
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….
Lead Story: Taking on the Industry in the Courts thanks to Roger Flynn
Perhaps you have wondered how Great Basin Resource Watch with its small budget can take on the mining industry in federal courts. The answer is: Roger Flynn and the organization he founded, Western Mining Action Project (WMAP)…
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….
Lead Story: Controversial Mt. Hope Moly Mine – Inadequate Environmental Review
The Mt. Hope Molybdenum Mine project would be one of the largest new mines that Nevada has seen for many years, moving roughly 60 million tons of rock annually…
Lead Story: FIGHTING THE DESTRUCTION OF A SACRED PLACE — MT. DENABO
The cultural impact to the Western Shoshone from the Cortez Hills mine is so severe that in 2008 GBRW decided to “pull out the stops” to prevent Barrick Gold Corporation from developing this large open pit mine at Mt. Denabo…
Comments on Extractive Industry Projects
November 9, 2018: Comments on Preliminary Environmental Assessment Keystone Overdumping Amendment (Robinson
February 10, 2017: Scoping comments for the Rain Mine Final Permanent Closure Plan
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
August 9, 2017. Media Release: NEW ANACONDA MINE CLEANUP STRATEGY – COMES WITH SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS
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