Publications

Rulemaking Information for IDAPA 2003.02 Docket 20-0302-1901

June 7, 2019 • Earthworks
Media Releases

Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine Still Contain Harmful Levels of Selenium

June 4, 2019 • Earthworks
As federal agencies consider Simplot’s proposal to expand its Smoky Canyon phosphate mine, independent tests, confirmed by Simplot’s monitoring data, show that trout downstream from the company’s existing Smoky Canyon operations continue to contain harmful levels of selenium–a toxic pollutant that… More »
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Media Releases

Tests Reveal Increased Selenium Pollution In Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine

January 10, 2017 • Crow Creek Conservation Alliance | Earthworks

New tests released today show that selenium pollution has substantially increased in trout downstream from Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine, with levels four times the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent defects and reproductive failure in fish. Crow Creek Conservation Alliance and Earthworks released the results as they’re calling upon Simplot and federal agencies to accelerate clean-up and prevent future pollution as required by the mine’s operating permit.

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Media Releases

Conservationists Win Lawsuit Against Mining in Idaho’s Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness

August 3, 2016 • Earthworks and Idaho partners

Boise, ID – The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of conservationists, finding that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The court decision invalidates the company’s mining plan and requires the Forest Service to conduct further analysis of the proposed mining exploration and evaluate less invasive alternatives for activities in the Wilderness.

Stories

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.

Media Releases

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness from Needlessly Destructive Mining Activities

July 7, 2015 • Earthworks et al

Boise, ID – Conservationists filed a lawsuit today against a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, calling the proposed plan needlessly destructive to this nationally treasured landscape.

Publications

Golden Hand Complaint

July 7, 2015 • Earthworks, et al
Publications

Objection for the Thompson Creek Mine FEIS

May 15, 2015 • Earthworks and Idaho Conservation League
Publications

Scoping comments on East Smoky Panel Mine EIS

May 1, 2015 • Earthworks and Crow Creek Conservation Alliance
Publications

Comment on Thompson Creek Mine Final Environmental Impact Statement

April 26, 2015 • Earthworks and Idaho Conservation League
Media Releases

Conservationists Object to “Needlessly Destructive” Mining Activities in Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness

March 16, 2015 • Earthworks et al

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.

Publications

Thompson Creek Mine Draft Environmental Impact Statement: Mine Expansion, 404 Permit, Land Use Plan Amendment, and Federal Land Disposal

June 18, 2014 • Earthworks, et al
EARTHblog

Don’t Frack Birding Island in Idaho’s Payette River

May 30, 2013 • Blair Koch

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.

Publications

United States District Court for the District of Idaho: Declaration of Kathryn Didricksen

September 17, 2012 • Kathryn Didricksen