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IDAHO-MARYLAND MINE PROTEST
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NO MINE PROTEST
GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) – It’s been decades since Gold country in California has been actively mined, but a Canadian company wants to change that. Taking a stroll down Main Street in Grass Valley, photos in store windows show the town is known for its rich Wild West history, including its role in the gold rush. That once included the Idaho-Maryland mine, not far from downtown. The mine has remained untouched since 1956.
“At the time they were going to double the production, going from 1,000 tons per day to 2,000 per day,” said Benjamin Mossman, CEO of Rise Gold Corp in Grass Valley. When he heard this fact, he saw the golden opportunity. “Based on that, there’s a lot of gold left to be mined,” Mossman said.
A test drill performed by the company back in 2018 was deemed successful, proving some gold is still there. Now he’s working with the county to try and permit the area, capitalizing on the prospect of reopening the mine to its former glory. Mossman claims it would boost the economy and add hundreds of jobs. “There’s no trade-off between the environment and the jobs,” Mossman said. “We’ve designed it to have no impact on the environment.”
But protesters lining the corners of Sutton Way and Brunswick Road in Grass Valley on Thursday, which was also Earth Day, said otherwise. Horns from drivers showed them support as they stood with their signs for three hours. Among them was Tony Louria, who lives near the mine.“There are [sic] potential for great impacts,” Louria said. “We just feel like it’s not worth it.”
At his Grass Valley home, he showed CBS13 how close he lives to the mine, and questioned whether the mine would be worth it. “Are those jobs worth the devastation that will occur?” Lauria asked.
He’s concerned about damages to his neighborhood water supply. A water treatment center would need to be constructed and tunnels for groundwater would have to be emptied and kept dry ahead of construction if the mine were to be approved and constructed. The project would cost millions. “The profits of something with these high risks would be made off the backs of the citizens,” Louria said.
But despite these neighborhood worries, Mossman stands by the safety of the mine. “Working in a mine now is like working in residential construction,” Mossman said. The company has unearthed controversy in a community drilling them with opposition. What comes next? An environmental impact report is expected to be released in the coming months, which would trigger a public comment period before the county makes a decision.
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UNION NEWSPAPER APRIL 22, 2021
"...Many protesters felt that despite the preliminary reports on the mine’s impact, they can’t trust the company’s claims. Michael DeMartino, an organizer with the Alliance for Resilient Communities said he believes "the science and history of mining in the area should be enough to persuade people against the project. " Thursday’s protest of one of Grass Valley and the Sierra Nevada’s most successful gold mines. Photo: Elias Funez
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The sound of drums, chanting and car horns honking filled the Glenbrook Basin Thursday afternoon as about 60 demonstrators protested the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. The reopening plan proposed by Rise Gold Corp. calls for dewatering the flooded mine,• rebuilding the existing mine shaft and constructing a second one, and creating a water treatment plant. The company expects to excavate around 1,000 tons per day and produce gold concentrates from the extracted rock using gravity and flotation concentration methods. (Note: Rise Gold intends that millions of gallons of the mine wastewater will eventually be pumped into the pristine waters of Deer Creek captured in the video at the top of this page.)
Protesters gathered at the intersection of Brunswick Road and Sutton Way said their biggest concerns about the mine were its potential risks to the environment, including wastewater runoff, its effect on surrounding well water, as well as air and noise pollution.
However, many protesters felt that despite the preliminary reports on the mine’s impact, they can’t trust the company’s claims. Michael DeMartino, an organizer with the Alliance for Resilient Communities, said he believes the science and history of mining in the area should be enough to persuade people against the project. The group, along with the Community Environmental Advocates Foundation, has been organizing people in opposition to the mine, making comments during Board of Supervisors meetings, meeting with community members on Sundays at Pioneer Park, and creating a group of well-owners who may be affected by the dewatering process. DeMartino said the community groups have a long-term plan to educate and pressure the supervisors before the project comes before them for approval. “This gold money isn’t going back to the community,” DeMartino said, reiterating that the company’s claims are self-serving. Other protesters pointed to Mossman’s past as a reason to be skeptical.
People hit drums and danced to the beat during Thursday’s protest of the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. Photo: Elias Funez
Rise Gold CEO Ben Mossman Union Newspaper Interview Text
Rise Gold CEO Ben Mossman estimated the draft environmental impact report (EIR) will be complete in a month or two. Once the draft environmental impact report is completed, the firm will bring the report before the board and the public will have 45-days to comment on it before a final report is compiled, which will include responses to the public and board’s comments. The final report will then go before the Planning Commission before advancing to the supervisors.
1. The report looks at how the six-month initial dewatering process will affect surrounding wells, 2. how discharge from the treatment plant will affect water quality, 3. how the project would affect erosion and nearby faults, 4. how construction and engineered fill hauling will affect traffic and pavement conditions, 5. and will study the noise effects of construction, blasting, mining, and water treatment.
HORRIBLE TRACK RECORD
Mossman emphasized that the project will be well regulated by the state water board, the county, and California Environmental Quality Act requirements. “All the processes and procedures are in place to address compliance and reporting issues,” Mossman said. “And then of course, going through a very intense environmental review by Nevada County, under the California Environmental Quality Act.”
FACT: The current site is considered a "toxic waste dump" it must be cleaned up before any activity is initiated. STOP THE MINE Activists and Concerned Citizens must take proactive steps to protect resident's health, quality of life, environmental sustainability, property values, and community economic impact.
See the Link below for the full-document review of Mossman's horrendous track record.
The Ministry of Environment ordered Banks Island Gold (Mossman) to shut down after Unauthorized discharge of effluent and tailings leaking into the environment.
Benjamin Mossman CEO
A bankrupt mining company charged for allegedly polluting Banks Island near Prince Rupert has been handed an additional 17 charges. Apr. 6, 2017
Mossman said the water discharged from the mine would be cleaner than regulations require and “is the same as the drinking water quality standards.” FACT: Here he goes again. While dewatering the mine - Rise Gold may well be dewatering residents' wells across the county - worst-case polluting the County's aquifer.
He added blast vibrations would be undetectable in almost all situations, and the noise would be well contained and even lower than the baseline of the surrounding area. FACT: There is anecdotal testimony from existing residences who claim they have heard and felt unexplained underground disturbances under their homes, which may be connected with the mining company's site exploration.
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STOP THE MINE Deja Vu All Over Again
Apr. 6, 2017 12:00 p.m. Yellow Giant Mine on Banks Island
Bankrupt Mining Company Now Faces 35 Charges for Banks Island Mess
A bankrupt mining company charged for allegedly polluting Banks Island near Prince Rupert has been handed an additional 17 charges.
A bankrupt mining company charged for allegedly polluting an island in the Hecate Strait has been handed an additional 17 charges for violating environmental laws.
As of March 14, Banks Island Gold Mine Ltd., the company that ran Yellow Gold Mine within Gitxaala Nation, now faces a total of 35 charges under the federal Fisheries Act and the provincial Environmental Management Act and Water Act.
The initial 18 charges were laid in August 2016 against the company, its ex-president Benjamin Mossman and geologist Dirk Mackert. Since then, aquatic biologist Allegra Cairns has been included in the charges.
“What happened was a real tragedy and we’re happy to see it being taken through court,” said Samantha Wagner, the environmental assessment coordinator for Gitxaala Environmental Monitoring.
The first list of charges was under the Environmental Management Act for failure to comply with the permit and one charge for failure to report spilling a polluting substance.
The next set of charges deal with the failure to deposit a harmful substance and failure to notify a fisheries officer. The most recent charges laid in March involve making unlawful changes to the exploration zones in a stream near the “discovery” site and construction, maintenance or operating without authority near the “Bob” site.
Two years ago, the Ministry of Environment ordered Banks Island Gold to shut down after unauthorized discharge of effluent and tailings had been leaking into the environment for several months. On July 9, members of the provincial government paid a visit to the site 110 km south of Prince Rupert and determined the company was in violation of the Environmental Management Act and its waste discharge permit.
B.C. legislation requires the mine owner to pay for the clean-up costs related to environmental spills but on January 2016 the company declared bankruptcy. The government has been dipping into the $420,000 reclamation security deposit to pay for the clean-up.
As of May 2016, the Ministry of Energy and Mines stated it had removed all hazardous materials and in August, the ministry visited the site again to determine costs to reclaim and close the mine.
“As far as we’re concerned no clean-up has taken place aside from some of the really low hanging fruit,” Wagner said. “As far as actually cleaning up the environment, no. All of that stuff spilled into salmon-bearing streams and went out into the ocean where there’s a lot of groundfish harvesting and aquatic plant harvesting. None of that has been addressed.”
The next court date is set for May 1 at the Prince Rupert provincial courthouse.
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