Secretary Norton, you have the opportunity to benefit communities throughout the West and around the country by making lasting and important improvements to mining on public lands, according to these principles. The environmentally sustainable and fiscally prudent principles we offer are consistent with every other use of public lands. Thank you for the opportunity to share our principles of meaningful reform of the 1872 Mining Law.
On Thursday, October 25th, Secretary of Interior Gale Norton announced that the Bureau of Land Management would revoke the strong 3809 environmental mining rule first published in November 2000, and replace it with much weaker regulations. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2001, the BLM published the new, weak rule in the Federal Register. In doing so, Secretary Norton ignored 97% of public comments, turning her back on Western communities and the environment.
Los impactos que se proyectan por la explotaci n de la mina son graves. La construcci n de la mina requerir la reubicaci n de aproximadamente 8.000 habitantes de una poblaci n de entre 14.000 a 16.000 personas y la desviaci n del cauce de un r o.