Australian-backed company resubmits Yellowstone gateway gold mine plan

An Australian-backed company has resubmitted its application to explore for gold right next to Yellowstone.

An Australian-backed mining company wants to explore for gold right next to Yellowstone National Park. The park border is in yellow in this photo. Big thanks to Ecoflight for flying our partners over the site! (Photo William Campbell.) 

An Australian-backed mining company wants to explore for gold right next to Yellowstone National Park. The park border is in yellow in this photo. Big thanks to Ecoflight for flying our partners over the site! (Photo William Campbell.) 

You might remember that Montana's Department of Environmental Quality sent Crevice Mining Group LLC back to the drawing board in April for fudging on its application to explore for gold next to Yellowstone. Here's the background, from the Bozeman Chronicle:

The company had already obtained a small miner’s exclusion statement from the state, which exempts mines with fewer than 5 acres of surface disturbance from the permitting process larger mines go through.
(Crevice head Michael) Werner planned to combine the two operations into one. The original application said that exploration was meant to identify an ore body to be mined under the small miner’s exclusion.
But combining the two is what concerned DEQ. The two types of operations have different regulatory processes to go through, the small miner’s process being less rigorous. DEQ worried that some work the company planned had been left out of the application, that it could mean parts of an eventual mine go without a reclamation bond and that the surface disturbance would most likely exceed the 5-acre allowance.

DEQ rightfully told Crevice to redo the application and resubmit. Now that Crevice has resubmitted, that gives you the chance to weigh in when DEQ releases its assessment of the project.

We're scrutinizing both this application and that of Canadian company Lucky Minerals, which is applying to explore for gold up Emigrant Gulch. We'll keep you posted about how you can make your voice heard about these job-killing and potentially toxic mines near Yellowstone.

In the meantime, please join our mailing list so you don't miss any alerts about how you can help. You can also join our friends at the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition, or donate today to help us and our partners keep these mines out of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

-- GYC staff