BLM announces Comment Period for K2 Gold Exploration Proposal
On August 16, the Ridgecrest BLM Field Office announced the formal opening of a 60-day public comment period continuing through Oct. 16th, on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for K2 Gold’s mining proposal "modification". It would involve the building of 2.6 miles of brand-new roads and 1.1 miles of overland routes to access 30 different drill sites, and the drilling of 120 boreholes on Conglomerate Mesa. The total impact is estimated to be up to 15 acres, more than 60 times as much as K2 Gold’s previous exploration activities.
The open comment period on the EIS provides an excellent opportunity for you to let the BLM know that you do not want to see K2 Gold devastate Conglomerate Mesa simply to make a profit. Conglomerate Mesa is worth more than gold!
By commenting, the BLM says, you can "identify issues, suggest alternatives, or provide information for potential consideration in the environmental impact statement."
Friends of the Inyo and the Conglomerate Mesa Coalition Organize Labor Day
“Protect Rally” in Lone Pine, to Defend Conglomerate Mesa Against Mining Threats
Knowing that public opinion and the power of presence are key to ensuring the protection of public lands, Friends of the Inyo, in partnership with the Conglomerate Mesa Coalition, which includes local Tribes, environmental organizations, local businesses and community stakeholders, is hosting a “Protect Rally” on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4, in Lone Pine, to oppose Canadian company K2 Gold’s proposed exploratory drilling at Conglomerate Mesa.
The rally will take place from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. at and around Spainhower Park, at 430 N. Main Street, and protest posters will be provided to participants.
The purpose of the rally is to bring the community together in defense of Conglomerate Mesa, and in resistance against a mining proposal by K2 Gold that could impact up to 15 acres of pristine desert lands that are sacred to Paiute-Shoshone and Timbisha-Shoshone peoples in Southern Inyo County, and a haven for thriving Joshua Trees and other threatened plants and animals.
Those who care to help make posters ahead of the rally are invited to a poster-making party TODAY, Wednesday, August 30, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Friends of the Inyo’s Lone Pine Office,
142 E. Bush Street, across from the post office. Poster-making materials and food will be provided.
"Island in the Sky" Film Release
The Conglomerate Mesa Coalition, with support from Patagonia, has produced a film about the fight to Protect Conglomerate Mesa.
The 20-minute film, “Island in the Sky,” highlights the voices of local community members in Keeler, Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribal Nation, Lone Pine, and more, sharing what they think of the mining exploration project and potential future full-scale mine.
Beautifully portraying the landscape that is at risk and the devastating effects that a mine would have on it, this film is a must-see for anyone interested in protecting Conglomerate Mesa.