Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Update on plans for copper mine on edge of Mt. St. Helens National Monument

We reported last month about plans to put a copper mine on the edge of the Mt. St. Helens National Monument, on land that was purchased for preservation purposes by the Trust for Public Lands. The Trust (foolishly) donated the land to the Forest Service, which is now planning to mine it.

So now it will look like this.

The BLM has authority over the subsurface rights, and in a rare display of honesty has apparently told the Seattle Times that even though the public comment period is just beginning, they intend to permit the mine to proceed.

It's nice to be told up-front that the time you put into your comments is entirely wasted, and the decision really has already been made before the public even gets a chance to weigh in. I can actually stomach that a little better than I can the sanctimonious lies about the importance of public comment on these things.

I've scoured the website for the Trust for Public Lands (motto: "conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, and ensuring livable communities for generations to come") but can find nary a mention of this copper mine on the land they purchased.


1 comment:

Tara Firma said...

You'd think that TPL and the Nature Conservancy and other groups that buy land to hold for public agencies would attach a deed restriction to every parcel they convey. Makes you wonder if they just take a totally short-term view of what they're doing and can't be bothered with the ultimate fate of the land they say they're helping to "save."