COURT AFFIRMS YELLOWSTONE MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD, BLOCKS MINING EXPLORATION
Victory:Lucky Minerals’ exploration license ruled invalid, taking plans for exploratory drilling “off the table”! Judges block Trump’s plans to destroy planet Earth!
Livingston, MT —A Montana district court has quashed a permit that would have allowed Canadian mining company Lucky Minerals Inc. to explore for gold in Emigrant Gulch just north of Yellowstone National Park. The ruling blocks exploratory drilling that was slated to begin on July 15, 2019, and is a significant victory in the multi-year effort to protect Yellowstone National Park from new mines surrounding the national park.
The ruling invalidates Lucky Minerals’ exploration license, establishing that it would violate the public’s environmental and public participation rights under Montana’s Constitution to allow the illegal project to move forward. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought by Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, both represented by Earthjustice.
“This ruling ensures that Lucky Minerals can’t harm clean water and native wildlife at the gateway into Yellowstone National Park under cover of a license that was never legally issued in the first place,” said Jenny Harbine, Earthjustice attorney. “Lucky Minerals should have read the writing on the wall a long time ago.”
The same court previously ruled that the Montana Department of Environmental Quality illegally approved the drilling plan when it failed to consider the plan’s threats to water quality and wildlife. Despite these findings, Lucky Minerals was still permitted to conduct the exploratory drilling that would give rise to these threats before the agency could conduct a new review of the project. As the court explained, this left the public with “no meaningful chance to participate in the agency decision” before the harmful impacts of drilling could occur.
While Lucky Minerals was promoting its gold exploration plans for mining claims around Yellowstone, federal agencies and Congressional leaders went to work to protect the lands surrounding the national park. Then-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke made adjacent public lands around Yellowstone off limits to mining with a 20-year mineral withdrawal on October 8, 2018. And on March 12, 2019, the President signed into law a bipartisan public lands bill making these protections permanent.
“Lucky Minerals should have learned by now that our community will not rest until our irreplaceable wild places are safe from industrial gold mining,” said Park County Environmental Council Executive Director Michelle Uberuaga.
“We will win because local residents, businesses, and elected officials are united to protect our natural resources and local economy against this threat.”
“The court’s ruling is a critical piece in protecting Yellowstone’s Gateway from the menace of gold mining,” said Greater Yellowstone Coalition Executive Director Caroline Byrd. “The Trump administration, the Obama administration, Congress, the Forest Service, the Park County Commission, thousands of citizens and more than 420 Montana businesses all agree, Yellowstone is more valuable than gold.”
My comment: The information is great, that gives us courage. Especially that the judiciary can do a lot if it does not allow itself to be intimidated by industry and corrupt politicians.
If you look at the ancient nature and the animals living in it, you get a real panic attack, it could all collapse, because multinational criminals with the support of corrupt, unscrupulous politicians want to earn their money out of this paradise.
And most of all: even a Donald Trump must realize that there are limits.
The Bayer annual shareholder meeting is very soon taking place – Friday 26th April. Demand that its CEO, Werner Baumann, step down.
Bayer is dragging suffering cancer patients through court. It’s churning out one toxic pesticide after another while lobbying hard to keep them on the market. And it’s gained unprecedented control over our food supply by merging with Monsanto.
One man is responsible for all this: Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer-Monsanto. And the time is overdue for him to resign.
You can help make it happen. Friday, April 26, is Bayer’s big annual shareholder meeting. To make the case that Baumann’s greedy business model is hurting people, the planet — and Bayer’s reputation.
WAV Comment – Is this footage not showing the abuse and torment that circus ‘performing’ animals are being forced to endure the world over every day ? – and the fact that thickhead humans are paying money to see a terrified bear cub riding a motorbike just exceeds how stupid some people can be. Fortunately for these cubs, AA is now coming to their rescue. We call for a worldwide ban on the use of all animals in pathetic circus shows.
BREAKING: Rescue operation to free two endangered bear cubs from Vietnamese circus begins following Animals Asia exposé
24 April 2019
Rescue team arrives at Central Circus in Hanoi, Vietnam to rescue two juvenile moon bears – a protected species – filmed openly performing on stage during investigation.
Today (Wednesday 24 April) an Animals Asia rescue team has arrived at Hanoi’s Central Circus to rescue two juvenile moon bear cubs who were spotted performing on stage at the facility.
Moon bears are an endangered species protected under Vietnamese law with their poaching, trade and commercial exploitation a criminal offense.
The rescue team will bring the bears, whom the team has named Sugar and Spice, to Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre where they will receive immediate care and attention.
Animals Asia Vietnam Director Tuan Bendixsen said:
“It’s quite clear that these cubs have found themselves in Hanoi’s Central Circus through illegal means. Thankfully, the authorities have acted swiftly and firmly, sending a clear message to those who exploit wild species that they are not above the law.
“For Sugar and Spice the nightmare of poaching, training, performing and a completely unsuitable living environment ends today. From now on their needs come first and we can begin to heal the physical and psychological suffering they have endured.”
The bears were first discovered by an Animals Asia investigative team which visited the circus in March to monitor the treatment of animals in performances.
The team was shocked to discover the two moon bear cubs – who are estimated to weigh around 50 kilogrammes each and be less than a year old – openly performing dangerous tricks on stage in a clear breach of Vietnamese law.
Following Animals Asia’s exposé, the government intervened and swiftly determined the bears be rescued and sent to the safety of Animals Asia’s nearby sanctuary in Tam Dao National Park, Vinh Phuc province.
Animals Asia’s 2017 report into animal performance revealed six protected species – moon bears, orangutans, macaques, elephants, pythons and crocodiles – were being exploited at circuses across Vietnam.
To date, no facility has been able to explain the origin of their protected species, yet today’s rescue marks the first time the authorities have taken punitive action against a circus or tourist facility in possession of a protected species.
With facilities unable to breed bears and their poaching and sale illegal, serious questions remain as to how the animals are being obtained.
In a letter to Animals Asia, Hanoi Central Circus claimed the bear cubs were brought to the circus completely at random by two men who were seeking medical help for the cubs.
Having nursed the bears back to health, trainers then taught the animals some tricks leading to a stage show in front of audiences.
Implausibly, the circus also claims they did not inform the authorities about the bears because they believed the original owners would return to collect them.
Animals Asia Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale said:
“This could be a real breakthrough in efforts to curb wildlife crime in Vietnam’s animal entertainment industry. Circuses appear to have flouted Vietnam’s laws and exploited protected species with relative impunity until now.
“The rescue of Sugar and Spice will change their lives forever sparing them years of abuse, but it is also a spark of hope that the authorities may be willing to take a closer look at other facilities exploiting endangered and protected species in the country.”
Animals Asia is currently petitioning the Vietnam government to ban wild animal performance and send the animals to recognised rescue centres and sanctuaries.
The petition currently has more than 120,000 signatures and will be presented to the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism during a meeting with the charity in May.
Hanoi Central Circus is also believed to be holding eight adult moon bears and a 30-year-old elephant, as well as a number of pythons, crocodiles and macaques – all species protected from exploitation by Vietnamese law.
Sugar and Spice are two traumatised bear cubs, just months old. They have been poached from the wild and their mother very likely killed in front of their eyes because she would never let them go without a fight.
With no survival skills, Animals Asia will care for them for the rest of their lives. It’s a huge commitment – potentially up to 30 years – but one we unflinchingly make because without us these bears have nobody.
Now we need YOU to help mend the psychological trauma meted out to these two poor babies; to teach them how to be bears and to give them a safe environment which will challenge, stimulate and delight them for the rest of their lives. Please, give what you can today to save Sugar and Spice and give them new lives worth living.