MT ST HELENS~NO MINING IN GIFFORD PINCHOT FOREST !!
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Right NOW there is a controversy in Washington State~a Canadian mining company wants to begin test drilling for mining less than 10 miles from Mt St Helens. The Gifford Pinchot Task Force has stopped mining activities in the recent past and has caught this company illegaly performing test drills outside of the actual claim they hold title to.
This Petition is to stop ~Ascot Resources~from proceeding in mining activities within the GP Forest~
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is not acting with transparency, and neither is Ascot Resources.
The GPTF found drilling activities illegally occuring in the forest~
The Task Force believes that an environmental review and public process comment should be conducted before allowing drilling on public lands.
Ascot has convinced some of the population that jobs will follow but we know the majority of jobs will be for the Ascot crew~and the devastation will be in the forest and rivers.
Ron Freeman is a public services officer with Gifford Pinchot National Forest ~the following comment reveals the truth~
“We did not formally do an environmental review, but we did it internally.
We did not feel it was necessary because of the private issue.
They have a right to mine their mineral resources.”
Regardless of their right to mine ~standard procedures must be made.
The actual rights are divided in the following manner~
The Forest Service owns the surface rights to the land ~100%
50% of the subsurface mineral rights are owned by the federal government/ 50% owned by Ascot Resources~
Ascot acquired private mineral interest ~ 217.3 acres last year from General Moly, formerly Idaho General Mines
~General Moly was stopped in 2005~apparently they have transfered the claim to Ascot since then~
"3500 (OR-936.2) WAOR-61215 Dear Participant: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed the comment analysis and rendered a final decision with regard to the Environmental Assessment (EA), OR-936-06-00, for the hardrock lease application submitted by General Moly, Inc. (GMI), formerly Idaho General Mines, Inc., on March 24, 2005. The application (assigned BLM Serial Number WAOR-61215) is for a fractional interest lease and a fringe acreage lease encompassing an area of approximately 899 acres referred to as the Margaret Deposit in the Mount St. Helens Mining District of western Washington. Based on full consideration of GMI’s hardrock lease application, the alternatives addressed in the EA, and public comments received, we have determined that it would not be in the public’s interest to issue a fractional interest lease for the Federal 50 percent undivided mineral interests on the 217.3 acres nor a fringe acreage lease for 682.2 acres of land within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompassed by Mineral Survey-708 or the associated fringe acreage lease. The BLM’s decision is to select the No Action alternative and to consequently reject the lease application. This decision is based on the rationale and criteria considered in the enclosed Decision Record. Sincerely, Edward W. Shepard State Director, Oregon/Washington Enclosure 936:DEWITT:lmd:04/08/2008:S:930/2008Correspondence/936/181 United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management Oregon State Office April 18, 2008 ~ http://www.gptaskforce.org/conservation/mine-images/blm-decision
33,000 public comments were noted~
The GP Task Force believes that an environmental
review and public process comment should be conducted before allowing drilling on public lands.
Ascot has convinced some of the local population that jobs will follow but obviously the majority of jobs will be for the Canadian Ascot crew~and the devastation will be for the forest and rivers.
Gifford Pinchot Task Force sued in federal court to get the U.S. Forest Service to conduct environmental reviews and allow for public comments. It claimed the project could lead to polluted drinking water and loss of wildlife habitat, and interfere with hunting, fishing, backcountry and other recreational uses that draw thousands of visitors to the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument each year.
As a resident of the local area I demand transparency ~I want exact details to be public and subject to approval.~I am asking you to support the Gifford Pinchot Task Force and other agencies in stopping mining processes in the Giford Pinchot National Forest~
here is a link to the full story~ http://www.gptaskforce.org/conservation/mount-st.-helens-mining-threat-the-backstory ~
ABOUT THE FOREST~
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. Included as part of the Mount Rainier Forest Reserve in 1897, this area was set aside as the Columbia National Forest in 1908. It was renamed the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1949. Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest now encompasses 1,312,000 acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.
related links posted in my facebook group~
GP FOREST WILDLIFE VIDEO~ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag4x_IokmbE&feature=player_embedded
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