Protect Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens and the Green River are special to the people who live here, people of the greater Pacific Northwest and the rest of America. The area’s rich forests and clean rivers support a special way of life and our economy. Since 1980, we have seen the forests begin to rebound from the eruption of Mount St. Helens. Now, a slower, but perhaps even more destructive, threat is emerging.
International mining interests want to exploit minerals on the very edge of the Mount St. Helens National Monument, with a massive mine that carries the unacceptable risk of large-scale. There is a place for mining on our public lands, but Mount St. Helens and the Green River are simply too valuable to put at risk.
The Task force is doing something about it and you can help.
Let the Forest Service and the Bureau of Public Lands know that you don’t agree with its decision.
Join the thousands of your neighbors by signing our petition demanding that the BLM and the Forest Service protect our valuable public lands and say NO to exploratory drilling and mining near Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
- Ascot Mining decided to appeal the federal judge’s decision. The BLM and FS have until October 6, 2014 to appeal the case. After their decision, will we decide on our next legal actions.
- On July 3, 2014, an Oregon federal judge ruled in favor of most of the Task Force’s challenges to the prospecting project and later issued a judgment declaring the prospecting permit illegal.
- The Task Force formally filed a complaint on May 13th, 2013 in Federal District Court opposing a BLM and Forest Service plan to allow a Canadian mining speculator to drill for minerals 12 miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens.
- The Task Force appealed the BLM’s decision to approve permits for exploratory drilling on February 5th, 2013.
- On December 20th, 2012 the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a final decision to approve two hardrock prospecting permits for exploratory drilling for gold and copper 12 miles from the crater of Mount St. Helens.
- Although Ascot Resources was able to drill in 2010 (see photos of the 2010 drilling here), the company pulled its 2011 plans in response to our complaint and the BLM started the EA process in late 2011.
- In response to the lack of environmental analysis, the Task Force filed a complaint in federal court in 2011 asking for a full environmental review of the exploratory drilling project. Senator Cantwell supported our efforts with a letter to the Forest Service (FS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
- The Forest Service approved a drilling plan in 2010 without undergoing an environmental assessment (EA) of the project.
- In early 2010 a Canadian corporation, Ascot Resources, purchased mineral rights and is now seeking to conduct exploratory drilling just outside of the National Monument and 12 miles from the crater.
- This is not the first time we have faced this issue and spoken out loud and clear that Mount St. Helens, the Green River, and the public lands surrounding them are too valuable to risk on a project like mining. In 2005, the Bureau of Land Management rejected a lease proposal for a mine in this very same spot because of the public opposition to the project.