Mine Timeline

TIMELINE

 

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

2004

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

2005

  • 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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

  • 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.


2010

  • 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)

2011

  • February  Ascot submitted proposal for two prospecting permits
  • July CFC filed 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

2012

2013

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

2014

  • 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 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)

2015

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

2016

  • 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 video about the campaign. Watch the video here.

2017

  • 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.

2018

  • 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.  45-day objection period begins.