The central Black Hills group that’s opposing gold exploration at the headwaters of Rapid Creek and near an important Lakota Sacred site has a GoFundMe account. Please go to this url, read more about it, and donate!
WHILE RAPID CITY WATER BILLS GO UP, A CANADIAN MINING COMPANY IS GETTING THE WATER FOR (ALMOST) FREE
Rapid Creek and the central Black Hills are threatened by proposals to explore for gold. This could lead to new gold mining at the headwaters of Rapid Creek, which is used by Rapid City residents for drinking water, household use, and commercial uses. The proposal threatens Pe’ Sla, a Lakota sacred site that was recently re-purchased by four tribes at a high cost.
*The company is looking for what it calls “another Homestake mine.” Modern gold mining involves crushing large amounts of rock to reach microscopic bits of gold, then leaching the rock using cyanide to remove the gold. It takes about 20 tons of rock to get enough gold for one ring.
*At least three-quarters of modern gold mines leak into the surrounding water. Past gold mining in the Black Hills, including the Homestake Mine, left two Superfund sites – two of the most polluted sites in the United States. Our taxes pay the hefty bill.
*Mineral Mountain Resources (MMR), a Canadian company, has secured claims to about 5,500 acres of land around Rochford and near Pe’ Sla. They plan to drill up to 120 holes on privately-controlled land and an unknown number of holes on Forest Service-controlled land.
*The company’s operation in Keystone polluted Battle Creek, and – according to City officials – the company didn’t keep its agreement there and left early.
*The company already has two permits for private land exploration.
*The first, the water permit, was granted by the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) without any public notice or public hearing.
*Second, the DENR granted the exploration permit with only one legal notice (the fine print in the back of the newspaper) and no public hearing.
*State law needs to be changed to require proper notice of proposed exploration and water projects and an opportunity for the public to be heard.
*MMR has also applied for one of the needed permits to explore on Forest Service-controlled land. The public comments on this were due in late October.
*The Forest Service has suggested issuing a permit without any environmental assessment. The reality is that the proposed exploration would pollute the air, land, and water.
*Rochford residents, tribal governments, and Rapid City residents were among those who opposed rushing the permit process
*If exploration happens, drilling would take place 24 hours a day, disrupting wildlife and hunting, ceremonial use of Pe’ Sla, and area residents’ lives with noise, light, and heavy traffic on what are now ATV trails and closed roads. The beauty and serenity of the central Hills will be disrupted.
*Properties near the drill sites could lose their value – and would certainly lose their value if mining was allowed to begin. Mining would also use huge amounts of water in our semi-arid area.
*Under a federal law passed in 1872, mining companies can stake claims, mine, and end up owning the land. This must be changed to retain private property rights and to protect tribal and public control of recreational, ceremonial, and residential lands.
MUST THIS BE OUR FUTURE? [photo of gold mine]
STOP GOLD EXPLORATION IN THE CENTRAL BLACK HILLS. NOT HERE. NOT NOW. NOT EVER.
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED TO STOP THIS PROJECT
For more information or to donate: bhcleanwateralliance.org
Facebook: Save Rochford and Rapid Creek and Black Hills Clean Water Alliance
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Thank you to all those who sent in their comments opposing this gold exploration and proposed destructive mining.
10/19/2017 – PRESS RELEASE:
GROUPS WORK TOGETHER TO OPPOSE GOLD DRILLING
BLACK HILLS, SD: Three Black Hills organizations have banded together to oppose exploratory drilling for gold in the central Black Hills. The proposed drilling would take place south of Rochford in the areas of Rapid Creek, Castle Creek, Reynolds Prairie (Pe’ Sla), and Bloody Gulch. The three organizations are Save Rochford and Rapid Creek (SRRC), Dakota Rural Action (DRA), and Clean Water Alliance (CWA).
“It seems puzzling to us that Mineral Mountain Resources, a foreign company, can pull 1.8 million gallons of water from Rapid Creek and Castle Creek, and use it for nearly free, while Rapid City residents are seeing their water bills rise significantly,“ said Carol Hayse, a member of SRRC. “Everyone who gets water from Rapid Creek, which includes Rapid City, should be concerned about this proposal,” added Gena Parkhurst, a Rapid City resident and member of the Black Hills Chapter of DRA. … read more
Watch for updates here and on the Save Rochford Facebook page.