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Since 2004, the Task Force has been working to protect Mt. St. Helens and the Green River from hardrock mining. Most recently, in late 2014, we successfully defeated an attempt by Ascot Resources Limited—a Canadian mining company—to conduct exploratory drilling for copper, gold, and molybdenum deposits in an effort to develop a mine in the Green River valley, just 12 miles northeast of Mt. St. Helens. Mining development could significantly harm threatened salmon and steelhead populations in the Green River, recreation opportunities in the area, and drinking water supplies for the cities of Longview, Kelso, and Castle Rock.

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Since 2004, the Task Force has been working to protect Mt. St. Helens and the Green River from hardrock mining. Most recently, in late 2014, we successfully defeated an attempt by Ascot Resources Limited—a Canadian mining company—to conduct exploratory drilling for copper, gold, and molybdenum deposits in an effort to develop a mine in the Green River valley, just 12 miles northeast of Mt. St. Helens. Mining development could significantly harm threatened salmon and steelhead populations in the Green River, recreation opportunities in the area, and drinking water supplies for the cities of Longview, Kelso, and Castle Rock.

Learn more about our recent win here.
Read Judge Hernandez’s opinion here.
Read our fact sheet to learn more about the proposal and what’s at stake here.

This is the third time that the mining industry has tried to develop a mine in this immediate area, and the third time that the Task Force has stopped them. While we were successful in defeating this most recent attempt, it is critical that we remain vigilant to continue to protect the Green River valley and Mt. St. Helens from future mining attempts. You can help!

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Mount St Helens

The Task Force’s involvement in mining issues in the Mt. St. Helens area began when General Moly Inc. (formerly Idaho General Mines, Inc.) submitted an application for a hardrock mining lease in 2005.

Below is a timeline of mining activity in the area from 2005 to the present.

Timeline

Past Activity related to General Moly Inc. (formerly Idaho General Mines, Inc.)

     

    Past Activity related to Ascot Resources Ltd.

     

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