HELP US PROTECT THE YELLOWSTONE GATEWAY FROM INDUSTRIAL-SCALE MINING!

A Canadian mining company, Lucky Minerals Inc., wants to “aggressively explore” for gold in Emigrant Gulch on the flanks of Emigrant Peak. Emigrant Peak is located in Park County Montana, and is just 17 miles north of Yellowstone National Park. Ultimately, the company hopes to develop “a multi-million ounce gold resource” across three drainages on over 2,500 acres in the Emigrant Gulch area.

Since June of 2015 Park County residents, business owners, elected officials, the National Park Service and local organizations have responded in force, submitting over 6,200 comments to local agencies. These comments did not support mining in the Gateway to Yellowstone, and demanded that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) conduct the highest level of environmental analysis to protect water resources, wildlife, the local economy and quality of life in Park County.

Thanks to the thousands of concerned citizens that submitted comment letters, Lucky Minerals Inc. withdrew its exploratory drilling application for public lands in Emigrant Gulch. The withdrawal of the application is a “win” for the community, however, the threat of development remains. While Lucky’s initial exploration plans for public land are currently on hold, Lucky still maintains public land claims and could apply to explore or develop those claims at any time.  In addition, the company plans to begin exploration on its adjacent patented claims next summer.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW

1) Join the Yellowstone Business Coalition and Sign the NEW Petition

SIGN THE PETITION : JOIN THE COALITION

2) Contact the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Urge the DEQ to fully evaluate the significant environmental impacts of Lucky Mineral’s proposed mineral exploration in Emigrant Gulch with a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

CONTACT INFO
KRISTI PONOZZO
Public Policy Director
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
1520 E. 6th Avenue
P.O. Box 200901
Helena, MT 59620-0901
Email

3) Contact your elected officials

  • Urge Governor Bullock and Senator Daines to take a stand for Montanans and oppose industrial-scale mining in the Gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
  • Thank Senator Tester for his leadership — working to protect our families and jobs by standing with Montanans, not Canadian mining executives.

CONTACT INFO

GOVERNOR STEVE BULLOCK
Office of the Governor
PO Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
Phone: (406) 444-3111
Email

SENATOR JON TESTER
Bozeman Office
Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Email

SENATOR STEVE DAINES
Bozeman Office
220 W. Lamme Street, Ste. 1D
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 587-3446
Email

CONGRESSMAN RYAN ZINKE
Billings Office
222 North 32nd Street, Ste 900
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 969-1736
Email

4) Write a letter to the editor

5) Contribute to PCEC

TO LEARN MORE about this campaign, click HERE.

TO VOLUNTEER Contact erica@envirocouncil.org