Gold Mine Permitting Process

Custer Gallatin National Forest staff to update communities on gold mine permitting process

Thanks to an overwhelming public response to the threat of a gold mine at the gateway to Yellowstone, Lucky Minerals has withdrawn their application for exploratory drilling on Forest Service lands.  The Custer Gallatin National Forest evaluated over 6,000 public comments in response to Lucky Mineral’s proposal to explore for gold in Paradise Valley. This overwhelming opposition to the project prevented Lucky Minerals from working in Emigrant Gulch last summer. Just this week, as the Forest Service was ready to announce the breadth, costs and time frame of environmental analysis required to consider Lucky’s proposal, Lucky withdrew the application.

Lucky isn’t going away. They are moving forward with their application to drill on the private inholdings in Emigrant Gulch, which puts the regulatory process in the hands of the Montana Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ). According to Lucky’s spokesman, they want to start drilling on the private inholdings next summer, they don’t want to wait or pay for an environmental analysis of their impacts.  By withdrawing their public land application, Lucky is hoping to avoid any scrutiny, transparency, in-depth environmental assessment and public involvement.

We need to stay vigilant. The threat is still high as Lucky continues to openly disregard the overwhelming opposition to their activities in Yellowstone’s Gateway.

Join the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and local community members for an update from the Forest Service on the proposed Yellowstone Gateway Mine in Paradise Valley. The Forest Service and the State of Montana needs to hear loud and clear that we expect the highest level of environmental analysis for this dangerous proposal.

WHAT: U.S. Forest Service Update
WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00pm
WHERE: The Lincoln School Auditorium at 215 E. Lewis Street, Livingston, MT
Take Action: Email the Montana DEQ today and urge them to require an environmental impact statement for Lucky Mineral’s exploration on private land atdeqmepa@mt.gov

Click here for the Facebook invitation.

This is an important meeting to learn more about what comes next regarding future permitting and oversight by the Forest Service and MT DEQ. The proposed mining area pictured here is home to grizzly bears, lynx, elk and other wildlife. Emigrant Creek, which would be heavily impacted by the proposed mine, is a tributary to the legendary Yellowstone River. The mining proposal still jeopardizes some of Greater Yellowstone’s most important fish and wildlife habitat.

With all of the recent mining disasters in the news, we are reminded how much of a risk acid producing sulfide mines pose to sensitive lands and rivers. Whether it is in Brazil or Colorado, these terrible events tell us we have to be vigilant in protecting Greater Yellowstone from dangerous mining proposals.

For more information, please contact Joe Josephson at:
jjosephson@greateryellowstone.org