“The Madison and Minnelusa aquifers are two of the most important aquifers in the Black Hills.” – United States Geological Survey …. read more.
Save the Dates/Actions needed.
Aug. 26th – Public Comment due for Forest Service NEPA Changes
Forest Service changes in their environmental review process with NEPA would be a fast track to clear cutting, omitting public comments, and has many tribal and environmental groups reaching out to the public to take action and submit a comment.
Federal Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Hearing begins Aug. 28th
This FASLB/Uranium Mining hearing will be about the protection of Lakota cultural resources from proposed uranium ISL mining in the southwest Black Hills.
The hearing will start at 10: AM on Wed., Aug. 28, 2019 at the Alex Johnson Hotel located at 523 6th St, Rapid City, SD.
This hearing will be before the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The Oglala Sioux Tribe filed a lawsuit to protect cultural resources, won in court, and is now again fighting to protect cultural resources from the mining company Azarga Uranium and its local branch, Powertech Uranium.
Important: you may get searched before you can enter the hearing. No signs, banners, or weapons are allowed in the hearing room.
Please attend the hearing on as many days and for as long as you can! The public will not be allowed to speak, but our presence will speak loudly to the ASLB judges!
The Pennington County Board of Commissioners formally invite public comments on the draft Zoning Ordinance Section 321 – Hard Rock Mining Operations
COMMENTS DUE OCTOBER 6th
PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW.
ORGANIZATION SEEKS GOLD EXPLORATION INFORMATION:
APPEAL OF FOREST SERVICE DECISION FILED … More info here
Recent interview on South Dakota Public Broadcasting: “Water in the Black Hills: What do we need to know – and do—to care for our water resources now and into the future?
04/30/2019 | 55m 19s “Water in the Black Hills: What do we need to know – and do—to care for our water resources now and into the future? We will review the hydrology of the Black Hills, examine natural and human stressors on water resources, identify agencies and organizations working on the issue, and explore the importance of our involvement to ensure quality water resources for the future.
Urgent: Another gold exploration company has come to the Black Hills.
THE THREAT: It is named F3 GOLD EXPLORATION, working with Big Rock Exploration, and it is from Minnesota. … Read more
Our Alliance is a diverse collection of citizens concerned about the health, environmental, and economic impacts that irresponsible mining projects would have on our communities, people, economy, and natural resources.
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REVIEW OF LITERATURE ON CONNECTIONS BETWEEN RAPID CREEK AND OTHER WATER SOURCES: IMPLICATIONS FOR GOLD MINING-RELATED ACTIVITY IN THE RAPID CREEK WATERSHED
“Complex interactions between Rapid Creek and ground water occur between Pactola Reservoir and central Rapid City. Streamflow losses west of Rapid City recharge aquifers in the Madison Limestone and Minnelusa Formation, and artesian springflow from these aquifers occurs in several locations in Rapid City.” … Download Research Paper to Learn more
What Legacy are you creating?
Rivers at Risk: S.D. waterways serve as dumping grounds for human, industrial, ag wastes
A struggle over a proposed uranium mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota — far from population centers — illuminates important aspects of water issues, Native American rights, deep disposal wells, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role, and the legal issues swirling around them all. Uranium mining is an issue of national importance, because it is the first step in the nuclear chain. Without uranium mining, there could be no nuclear power or nuclear weapons. But the issues start with water. … Read more
The Infamous 1872 Mining Law: Reform Bill Introduced
New efforts to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which is the law that permits companies to mine on federal public lands without paying any royalties. There’s more information on the and on the reform effort here — Mining Reform Bill Introduced on Anniversary of Infamous 1872 Law.
Grijalva-Lowenthal proposal would bring U.S. mining law into the 21st Century. …Read more
COURT OF APPEALS RULES FAVORABLY IN URANIUM CASE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision on Friday, July 20, in the case Oglala Sioux Tribe v. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Court’s decision supports the Tribe’s arguments and is an important step in protecting the Black Hills from uranium mining. Read More.
STOP GOLD MINING EXPLORATION: PESLA UNDER ATTACK
“Save Rochford and Rapid Creek” Group seeks to protect a precious Black Hills water source from gold exploration drilling and future gold mining. The central Black Hills group is opposing a gold exploration operation that would be at the headwaters of Rapid Creek and near an important Lakota Sacred site known as PeSla. The group has started a GoFundMe account that will help pay for outreach materials such as flyers, artwork, and mailings. Your donation will help defend against this outrage to the environment, forestall the company receiving additional permits to explore, make a template for future resistance, or even force the Forest Service to do an Environmental Impact Statement, which it has so far chosen not to do. Wopila! [thanks given to all existence and the blessing inherent in each moment of it] Look for us on FB, @saverochford
Toxic Uranium Mining was stopped once before in the Black Hills. We can do it again. Click on this 1980s bumper sticker to learn more.