28 Aug KGMI : Exploratory mining approved near Mount St. Helens
MORTON, Wash. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service has accepted a Canadian company’s application to conduct exploratory mining about 12 miles northeast of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument boundary.
The Columbian reported the public will have 45 days to object the approval, beginning Thursday.
Ascot Resources Ltd. plans to search for copper, gold and molybdenum, a compound commonly used in steel alloys due to its high melting point.
Cowlitz Valley District Ranger Gar Abbas acknowledged concerns that the approval could lead to new mine, but said officials only authorized 63 roadside exploration holes measuring two to three inches in diameter.
Matt Little, executive director of the Cascade Forest Conservancy, called the approval “ridiculous.” Officials are ignoring tens of thousands of citizens who’ve asked to protect the Green River Valley, Little said.