Please Attend the State Mining Board’s Workshop on May 9th in Riverside, CA to Support Responsible Mining Practices
The State Mining and Geology Board is holding a public hearing on possible revisions to backfill regulations that require companies to backfill their open pit mines once a mine has closed. These regulations ensure companies complete reclamation.
California currently has strict mining standards that place the responsibility for effective reclamation where it belongs: on mining companies. The mining industry would like to see these standards weakened or eliminated so it can expand industrial scale, open pit mines across the state, while avoiding expensive reclamation obligations.
Arial view of the Briggs Mine near Death Valley National Park
Prior to the adoption of the 2003 backfilling rule, most mines were abandoned with little or no effort to reclaim the land back to a healthy state. Since most of California’s mines are on public land, changes to these regulations could pose a serious threat to special places in the California desert and beyond, and open the door to more destructive open pit mining operations across the state.
Friends of the Inyo and our allies are working to make sure California’s mining laws stay strong. We need your help to send a strong loud and visible signal that California wants to maintain its status as a national leader on environmental protection.
Please submit comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to:
State Mining and Geology Board
801 K Street, MS 20-15
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Metallic Mine Backfill Regulations
Please attend the State Mining and Geology Board workshop:
May 9th, 2018
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
3737 Main Street, Victoria Room #205
Riverside, CA 92501
Even if you do not speak at the public meeting, your presence will be heard loud and clear as a voice of support for California’s special wild places.
Here are some talking points to use in your comments to the Mining Board:
- The state’s backfill regulations do not need to be amended or modified as California has some of the strongest regulations in the county and was the first state to adopt backfill regulations in 2003.
- California needs to continue to stand strong against the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks, which includes keeping our state’s strong environmental laws in place.
- Conglomerate Mesa, a wild area adjacent to Death Valley National Park, is a target for future gold mining- if the state’s backfill regulations are weakened the destruction of the mesa is much more likely.
- California’s public lands and special places should not be sacrificed in the interest of mining.
California is blessed with wonderful and scenic public lands across the Eastern Sierra and the California Desert! Thank you for opposing expanded open pit mining and the damage it will cause to our state’s landscapes, wildlife and recreational economy. We need California to continue to lead the nation on environmental and public lands protections. Please tell others about the event and ask them to attend. Together, we can stop the assault on California’s special public lands and wildlife.