There are several mines, including Goldcorp's Penasquito, that are currently operating in in the desert state of Zacatecas that serves as the destination for the migratory monarch butterfly. The mines threaten not only the butterfly's habitat, but other plants and animals and critical water resources for local people.
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Members Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Raul Grijalva (D-AR) introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2014. The purpose of this bill is to reform the 1872 Mining Law, which after 142 years still governs mining of precious metals on public lands. And “governs” is meant loosely.