Federal Level Comment Notices

Up Next at the Federal Level:

  • Sept 2, by 11:59 PM MDT – Please provide your comment to the BHNF Northern Hills Ranger on Solitario Zinc’s Golden Crest Exploration Drilling Project. This is their initial Scoping Process, so by you submitting your comment NOW gets you on “Standing” which will allow you to submit objections in the future on this particular project. info below. Read More.
  • Sept. 6th – at 2:00 PM – Be present to Support BHCWA’s Freedom of Information Act request against the Northern Hills Forest Service. This is being held at the Federal Building. Read More.

Northern Hills Forest Service Announces Solitario Zinc’s Golden Crest Exploration Drilling Project – comment requested by Sept. 2nd.

The Northern Hills Forest Service District is seeking public comments on Solitario Zinc’s proposed gold exploration project called the Golden Crest Exploration Drilling Project.  Solitario Zinc, a Colorado company, has asked to drill on the National Forest Systems land (NFS) for up to 25 sites, with numerous holes, at up to 1,600 feet depths.



  • Submit your comment using their online form CLICK HERE.
  • Mail your comment to Northern Hills Ranger District, 2014 N. Main St., Spearfish, SD 57783.
  • Fax comments to them at 605-645-4156
  • Contact Steve Kozel or Chris Stores at 605-642-4622 with any questions.

This project is on the west side of Spearfish Canyon, a national scenic byway.  Potential drill sites are near Iron Creek, Little Spearfish Creek, and the Tinton Road and Timber Gulch areas.  These areas drain into Spearfish Creek and are part of a network of bicycle and other recreation trails, and may also hold endangered species and cultural resource.

Comment today on this proposed project.  In your comments, ask the Forest Service to da an “Environmental Impact Statement” (EIS), and talk about the special and unique nature of this area. If you recreate, hold ceremonies, or live in the area, say so. Be as specific as you can.  Providing evidence and documents may also prevent this project from moving forward.

The review all the project documents go to https://usfs-public.app.box.com/v/PinyonPublic/folder/168455982501

We have Protect Spearfish Canyon yard signs available (donation appreciated). Contact us at nobhuranium@bhcleanwateralliance.org and we will coordinate delivery or pick-up.

More Information see our past BLOG Post


Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 2:00 PM Mountain
BHCWA’s FOIA Case Against the Black Hills National Forest Service’s Northern Hills Ranger District will be heard in Federal Court.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), federal government agencies must give the public information about what those agencies are doing. Black Hills Clean Water Alliance sent a request for information to the Northern Hills Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF or Forest Service) in Spearfish in October 2020. We did not receive all the documents and information we requested after a year of trying, so we sued the BHNF to get that information in October 2021.

And we still haven’t gotten all the documents and information that the FOIA law requires, so this coming Tuesday, September 6, at 2:00 pm, our attorneys will be arguing our case in federal court. The oral arguments in this case will take place in the Federal Building at 515 9th Street, Rapid City, SD.

You are cordially invited to observe. If you attend the oral arguments, please be on your best behavior. We asked the Federal Court to look into the Forest Service’s actions, and they are doing that. This is a situation where the courts are doing what we asked them to do. 

The Court has a somewhat complex rule regarding mask wearing, particularly for those who are not vaccinated or who have potential Covid symptoms. For more information on these Covid measures click here.

Please review and be prepared to comply with requests made by the Court Security Officers who will be staffing a security checkpoint similar to those used at airports.

Note: there is the possibility that the hearing could be cancelled, so watch your email on Monday, the 5th.

The comment period to send in objections to the Forest Service on giving a FONSI (Finding of No Significant Impact) for the F3 Gold’s Jenny Gulch Exploration Project has now ended. We are happy to see that they received over 1,060 submissions via their online form. Now we wait to hear back from them. You can view these submission in their Public Reading Room at https://cara.fs2c.usda.gov/Public/ReadingRoom?project=57428

Note: Some submission have been withheld due to sensitive information. If you don’t see your submission, please reach out to Jessica Eggers at jessica.eggers@usda.gov

More information about this project see our past blog post: U.S. FOREST GREEN LIGHTS F3 GOLD