PCEC has been striving to protect the public lands in Park County from the beginning, in fact it was one of the tenants that our organization was founded upon. Most recently we have been working with our partners to protect the public lands around the two proposed, industrial scale Yellowstone Gateway Mines. One of our efforts has centered on formally asking the US Forest Service to initiate a mineral withdrawal process to ensure that exploration does not occur while Congress considers legislation to protect these economically and ecologically critical public lands in Paradise Valley and near Yellowstone National Park.
At the same time as needing your support for the withdrawal process we urge you to submit comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment analyzing potential environmental impacts from mineral exploration activity proposed by Lucky Minerals, due December 12.
After we finish wading through the 180 page document we will get more information out about the key points we feel DEQ needs to address with the Draft EA, which in turn will provide guidance for you all in your comments.