Boise, ID – A mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dumptrucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness is needlessly destructive to this nationally treasured landscape, charge conservation groups.
The stated goal of AIMMCO’s proposal is to conduct additional mineral sampling to determine if the claims in question are in fact valid mining claims. Validating these claims is a necessary step for the mining company to proceed with any exploration, development, or production plans.
The Idaho Legislature's changes to the state's ballot initiative process will make it harder to change laws from the grassroots up has stymied efforts to launch a statewide hydraulic fracturing and waste injection ballot initiative.
This year Gem State lawmakers passed SB 1108, making it more difficult to gather enough signatures to push successful petition campaigns.
Currently, petitioners are required to collect six percent of registered voters' signatures statewide. Under the new law, taking effect July 1, petitioners must collect six percent of registered voters' signatures from a minimum of 18 of the state's 35 legislative districts.