Smith-Highland Ranch

Nearly every uranium operation studied in this report had environmental and/or labor violations. The following case studies -- taken from our publication, Nuclear Power's Other Tragedy: Communities Living with Uranium Mining -- highlight some of the most controversial uranium projects in the United States.

Lincoln Park/Cotter Mill

Nearly every uranium operation studied in this report had environmental and/or labor violations. The following case studies -- taken from our publication, Nuclear Power's Other Tragedy: Communities Living with Uranium Mining -- highlight some of the most controversial uranium projects in the United States.

Bristol Bay

The Pebble mine is a massive copper/gold mine proposed in southwest Alaska at the headwaters of Bristol Bay and the world's largest wild sockeye salmon fishery. Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed:

  • supplies roughly 50% of the world’s commercial supply of wild sockeye salmon.
  • generates more than $480 million a year in revenue, and
  • employs for 14,000 full and part-time workers.

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

The Rock Creek Mine Proposal

Mining company Revett Silver is proposing to develop an enormous copper/silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Kootenai National Forest of western Montana -- one of the original ten areas protected by Congress under the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Despite the fact that the mine would tunnel beneath a wilderness area in the United States, the Forest Service claims that the General Mining Law of 1872 leaves them no choice but to permit the mine.

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Norwegian Fjords

Fjords are of crucial importance to the people of Norway -- but they are under threat by the mining industry, which the Norwegian government permits to dump toxic mine waste directly into fjords. More companies propose to do the same.

Marcellus and Utica Shale

The Marcellus Shale is a deep natural gas reserve running under parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia. The Utica Shale is even deeper and larger, covering parts of these states plus Kentucky and Tennessee. For the last several years, the Marcellus has been the focus of a huge boom in exploration and extraction, and more recently activity has also started in the Utica (especially in Ohio and West Virginia). New drilling technologies, like the combination of hydraulic fracturing with horizontal drilling, have made these deposits—long considered too difficult and expensive to drill—accessible to the industry.

San Juan Basin

In 2011, The Wilderness Society and San Juan Citizens Alliance proposed the San Juan MLP (see map on reverse side) in comments on the BLM’s Supplement to the Draft EIS/RMP for the Tres Rios Field Office.  The proposal area includes lands in western La Plata County, and encompasses approximately 1.1 million acres.  The following provides additional detail on the proposal area:

Oak Flat/Apache Leap

A subsidiary of Rio Tinto and BHPBilliton (the two biggest metal mining companies in the world, by annual revenue and market capitalization) is proposing to mine copper ore deep underneath Oak Flat, near the town of Superior, an hour east of Phoenix.  The copper deposit lies partially underneath the Oak Flat Campground, a unique and sacred place that was protected in the 1950’s from mining.  Because Congress originally protected the area, it required an act of Congress to overturn this protection and hand over the land title to a private mining company.