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Ban on New Mining Near Yellowstone
News Bytes 10/11/2018 8 Comments

Few places on Earth capture the beauty of God’s creation like Yellowstone National Park. Now U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has approved a 20-year ban on new mines in Yellowstone. “I’m a pro-mining guy. I love hardrock” mining, Zinke says. “But there are places to mine and places not to mine.” For him and many other people, Yellowstone is definitely a “not.”

Zinke approved the ban after two proposed gold mines raised concerns about spoiling the area. The ban doesn’t stop mining on private land or take away already existing mining claims on public lands.

Local business owners and residents joined Zinke, a former Montana congressman, during the announcement. The state’s citizens pushed for the ban after companies began drafting plans for new mines in an area where wolves, elk, bears, and other wildlife live.

Mining companies say the ban area includes historical mining districts that shouldn’t be barred from development. They say mining claims give their holders legal rights to explore for minerals.

John Mears, president of Lucky Minerals, says his company won’t back down. The company plans to explore next year on private lands around Montana’s Emigrant Peak, one of the areas where mining has been banned. Mears says they “carry on” while the government decides whether their existing rights are valid. Either way, Mears says, “We won’t be able to acquire any more ground, but we have enough.”

Mining opponents believe the ban will make it impossible for Lucky Minerals or any other company to develop mines.

In Montana, Democrats and Republicans alike support the mining ban. Both want to be seen as protectors of the natural beauty of Yellowstone.

Meanwhile, the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition hopes to make the ban permanent by passing measures through Congress.

(AP Photo: Emigrant Peak rises above the Paradise Valley and the Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Montana.)

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Would all of you just please stop doing the whole "first comment" thing? It's getting incredibly annoying especially how it is a completely worthless and old trend, so please stop.


I second that. There is absolutely no value whatsoever in posting first.

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It's fine if you do that along with a comment about the article, in my opinion.

I think it is right to ban

I think it is right to ban mining because yellowstone is a national and famous park. I would not want to see it get damaged thanks to mining. Although if mining was for treasure hunters for ancient objects from the past I would gladly let them mine.

My Dad was doing a remodeling

My Dad was doing a remodeling at Mammoth hotel and we got to go in a under ground tunnel that Kids haven't been in for over 60 yrs, it was really cool (literally it was freezing)


Cool Leah!

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