According to this scary article (Bellingham Herald), a 3,000 acre copper mine is planned on Mt. St. Helens, on the edge of the National Monument.
What makes it even more sordid than usual is that the mine is planned on the very same land that the Trust for Public Lands purchased in the 1980s and donated to the Forest Service in the name of protecting the landscape.
Why anyone would think the Forest Service -- particularly in western Washington in the 1980s -- was a worthy entity to donate land to for conservations purposes is beyond me. But they did it.
And now it will be a nice shiny copper mine. But the mining company's president says his company is "committed to environmental protection" and that people are "prejudging" that his 3000 acre copper mine is "going to be a mess."
Well, two sides to every story, right? But the author of the article did not include any indication of what a 3000 acre copper mine that is not "a mess" would look like. And it appears from the mining company's website (Idaho General Mines) that they do not have any experience yet with actually mining anything -- I believe all their projects are in the permitting or exploratory stages.
My prediction: it will be a mess. You read it here first!