Save spiritual site Mt. Tenabo
Mount Tenabo Action Page
The Western Shoshone and Great Basin Resource Watch have been fighting this mine for many years culminating in a legal challenge of the Environmental Impact Statement IEIS) and grounds of violation of religious freedom. We have bot had success on the religious freedom portion largely due to a bad precedent in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a different case involving the Navajo. However, we have been successful in demonstrating to the courts (at the Ninth Circuit level) that the EIS was deficient and illegal, so the courts applied a partial injunction, which stopped groundwater pumping until the deficient portions of the EIS were corrected in a supplementary EIS.
Barrack Gold Corp in its quest to mine at Mt Tenabo is conducting a massive groundwater pumping process, which will permanently upset the spiritual balance of Mt. Teanbo.
In January 2012 the Reno district court denied all of our arguments (download court decision) to prevent continued destruction of Mt. Tenabo. We have filed for appeal of this decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and we anticipate a hearing date in San Fransisco in early 2013.
We will be asking people to join us in San Fransisco for the hearing - stay tuned.
Download our full comment letter on the Final supplementary EIS
Download our full comment letter on the draft supplementary EIS
Download federal register notice on the Supplementary EIS here
Link to the BLM posted draft Supplementary EIS
Background on Mt. Tenabo