Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nevada, US activists keen on progress of Marinduque vs Barrick case

Activists in Nevada are getting behind the case filed by the Marinduque provincial government against Barrick Gold in Nevada.  This is so because many mining communities in the said state have also been badly affected by Barrick's operations, in particular indigenous Shoshone peoples who have suffered because of losses. Their struggle, like those of the people of Marinduque's struggle that also rings true to many mining communities in the Philippines, also involve lawsuits.

The Coalition for Nevada's Wildlife actively involved in the awareness campaign against destructive mining activities in Nevada is currently engaged in fighting against a proposed expansion of the Bald mining operations by Barrick that could have serious negative impacts to the Ruby Mountain mule deer herd.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), a known cohesive force for social and environmental justice joins the Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife in their current struggle, also highlighting the case against Barrick to stand in solidarity with the people of Marinduque. 

Nevada mule deer.


Mine expansion threat to Nevada mule deer herd
The Ruby Mountain deer herd is the largest and most important deer resource in the state, comprising approximately 22 to 24 percent of Nevada’s entire deer population.
Between deep, open-pit mines, ore and waste rock stockpiles, and haul routes, the proposed mine expansion will disturb almost the entire cross section of the mountain range. 
Migration corridors along the eastern side of the range have been agreed to, but the main western corridor is in dispute. A convoluted “pathway” between open pits and stockpiles is proposed by Barrick (who objects to the terminology of “migration corridor” because of implications of required mitigation).

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared according to the coalition, but so far Barrick:
• ·  Is refusing to pay for impacts of loss of winter range in areas proposed to be destroyed by mining activity.
• ·  Opposes inclusion of Nevada Department of Wildlife's (NDOW), recent collaring data of mule deer movements into the EIS.
• ·  Refuses any adaptive management to change their operations if future data indicates
serious impacts are occurring.
• ·  Has hired outside consultants to refute NDOW data and conclusions.
• ·  Questioned NDOW, authority in the delineation of Seasonal Distribution Maps that show large amounts of crucial winter range being present in areas of proposed disturbance.
• ·  Barrick analysis has concluded negative impact to springs and other water resources upon which wildlife is dependent.

WHAT NEVADA SPORTSMEN AND CONSERVATIONISTS DO FOR THE ENHANCEMENT OF WILDLIFE AND HABITAT
Native, vegetated, undisturbed corridors are vital to the preservation of this deer herd. In mild winters, herds will survive. However, harsh winters with deep snow is another matter altogether. Deer only have so much fat stored to allow a successful migration to winter areas. If the migration route is interrupted, deer cannot readily find their way through and mill around, thereby unnecessarily expending energy and fat reserves. Much greater winter kill can result.

The Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife will be serving the Nevada Department of Wildlife with a “request for information” prior to submitting comments on Bureau of Land Management's s draft EIS. The Coalition will be preparing comments on the EIS back to BLM for consideration and transmit the same to sportsmen groups and other conservation interests for further cooperation in these activities.
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), a known cohesive force for social and environmental justice joins the Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife in their current struggle, also highlighting the case against Barrick to stand in solidarity with the people of Marinduque. 
Toxic Marinduque river
Coalition for Nevada’s Wildlife P. O. Box 70143, Reno, Nevada 89570;  Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, LMartin@planevada.org

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