Stop the Mount St. Helens mine and learn about the environmental impacts of mining

Mount St. Helens: No Place for a Mine

Since 2005, the Cascade Forest Conservancy and our partners have been working to protect the Green River valley, near Mount St. Helens, from industrial-scale hard rock mining. A Canadian mining company, Ascot Resources Ltd., is seeking permits to conduct exploratory drilling for copper, gold, and molybdenum. Exploratory drilling to locate mineral deposits and determine commercial viability is an essential step in the development of a hardrock mine.

 

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In February 2018, the Forest Service approved exploratory drilling permits for the mine (click here to read the decision), despite tens of thousands of citizens who opposed this decision. Soon the Bureau of Land Management will issue its own decision, and then we will be forced to oppose this in the courts. We will also continue to work with Senator Cantwell, Senator Murray, Governor Inslee, Congresswoman Herrera Beutler, local representatives, and our 20+ coalition partners to find alternative solutions to mining that protect the Green River Valley, while promoting local recreation and jobs

 

Mining exploration and development could harm threatened salmon and steelhead populations in the Green River, interfere with recreation opportunities in the area, and threaten drinking water supplies for downstream communities.  The unique, remote, and beautiful Green River valley was acquired by the Forest Service with money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, money designated to promote conservation and recreation to the public. This will be the fourth time that the mining industry has tried to mine in this area. We have stopped them three times, and we plan to do so again. It is critical that we remain vigilant to protect the Green River valley and Mount St. Helens from future mining attempts. You can help!  For a history of our actions to date, click here.

 



Mount St. Helens: No Place for a Mine from Cascade Forest Conservancy on YouTube.


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