November 11, 1990 |
Federal officials will allow a controversial gold mine to open in a sensitive area of the eastern Mojave Desert next year, but the project's operator has agreed to comply with a set of environmental conditions described as unprecedented in the booming gold mining industry. Under a plan approved by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Viceroy Gold Corp. of Las Vegas will operate a so-called "heap leach" mine in the Castle Mountains, a rugged range 100 miles east of Barstow.
April 18, 1989 |
Declaring that thousands of birds and animals are being poisoned, Rep. Mel Levine (D-Santa Monica) and the Wilderness Society called Monday for a federal investigation into gold mining operations in California and Nevada that use cyanide to extract the precious metal. More than 6,400 migratory birds and other animals, including deer, coyotes, kit foxes, rabbits and chipmunks, have been killed at the Nevada mines since 1984, according to figures compiled by Nevada officials and released at a press conference Monday at the Federal Building in Westwood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1992 |
Miners and environmentalists agreeing? That's hard to imagine these days in the West, where the two rival groups are clashing over public lands amid the biggest gold rush in U.S. history. Yet on a cactus-studded mountainside near the Nevada border, miners and environmentalists have come to an unusual, if uneasy, truce. The Castle Mountain open-pit gold mine--a venture of the British Columbia-based Viceroy Resource Corp.
January 21, 1993 |
Moving quickly to unveil her first piece of legislation, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is expected to introduce a controversial proposal today that would preserve 7 million acres of the vast California desert. A nearly identical bill, drafted by former Sen. Alan Cranston, was bottled up for six years by California Republicans, who contended that the legislation would cost hundreds of jobs and seal off much of the desert from mining, dirt bikes and recreational use.
May 23, 1988 |
Plans by a group of Canadian investors to use a controversial gold-mining technology at a site within the proposed Mojave National Park have come under attack by environmentalists, who claim that it will dry up a perennial spring and attract wildlife to ponds of cyanide-laced water.