Mine Timeline



Past Activity related to General Moly Inc. (formerly Idaho General Mines, Inc.)


  •  IGMI acquired a 50% interest in the Mount Margaret deposit


  • March IGMI submitted application for a hardrock mining lease
  • April CFC organized coalition opposing mine
  • September CFC and coalition submit public comments on mine application


  • June Castle Rock passed resolution opposing the mine
  • September Kelso passed resolution opposing the mine


  • March Draft Environmental Assessment Released
  • May CFC and 16 coalition partners submitted EA comments


  • January Longview passed resolution opposing the mine
  • February Over 33,000 public comments submitted to BLM – 99% opposed mine
  • April BLM denied lease application (Win #1)

Past Activity Related to Ascot Resources Ltd.


  • March  Ascot Resources purchased mineral rights from General Moly
  • Spring Forest Service approved Ascot‘s drilling plan without EA
  • August Ascot began exploratory drilling (see photos of the 2010 drilling here)


  • February  Ascot submitted a proposal for two prospecting permits
  • July CFC filed a complaint requesting full environmental review and injunction
  • July Forest Service suspended concurrence for drilling and halted drilling operations
  • October Ascot requested withdrawal of concurrence letter and NEPA review through BLM
  • October Case Dismissed (Win #2)
  • November Ascot amended permit application and submitted to BLM
  • December Senator Cantwell supported our efforts with a letter to the Forest Service and BLM



  • February CFC appealed decision
  • March USFS denied the administrative appeal
  • May CFC formally filed a complaint in federal district court against the BLM and Forest Service
  • June Ascot intervened in the case


  • July  Judge ruled in favor of Task Force on the majority of our legal claims and issued a judgment declaring the prospecting permits illegal
  • September Ascot filed a notice of appeal
  • October BLM and Forest Service filed placeholder notice of appeal
  • December Forest Service, BLM, and Ascot Resources voluntarily dismissed their appeals of the court decision invalidating permits for the Goat Mountain mining exploration project. (Win #3)


  • Ascot Resources begins working with the BLM to improve their permit application and prepare a new Environmental Assessment for exploratory drilling.


  • January BLM and Forest Service released Goat Mountain Hard Rock Prospecting Permit Application’s Modified Environmental Assessment for public comment.
  • February  CFC and partners submitted comments on the modified EA.
  • March   Kelso votes for a resolution saying they oppose a mine, Sen Maria Cantwell publicly opposes mine in a letter to the Forest Service.
  • December CFC released a video about the campaign. Watch the video here.


  • August The Forest Service releases a draft Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact to allow drilling within the Green River valley. 45-day objection period begins.
  • October CFC submits objection letter to Forest Service draft Decision Notice.


  • January The Forest Service releases a statement on their decision to allow the permit process to move forward. Read the statement here.
  • December The Bureau of Land Management releases a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact to allow exploratory drilling within the Green River valley.


  • March CFC filed a complaint to the District Court of Oregon for vacatur or illegal agency decisions, declaratory and injunctive relief, commencing a lawsuit in an attempt to block the exploratory drilling permit.
  • April CFC filed a complaint in the District Court of Oregon for the agencies’ failure to respond to FOIA requests.
  • October CFC filed a brief for a motion for summary judgment in the District Court of Oregon.
  • November CFC filed briefs in response to Ascot and the Federal Government.
  • December CFC awaits a date for oral argument.