Tell the Bureau of Land Management no to “modified” drilling on Conglomerate Mesa

Date Posted: August 21, 2023

Posted by: AArtle

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Canadian company K2 Gold, through its subsidiary Mojave Precious Metals, has had its eye on the pristine "Island in the Sky" that is Conglomerate Mesa, a majestic Joshua Tree haven sacred to Tribal peoples in Southern Inyo County since before recorded time.


Previously, based on public concerns expressed in more than 23,000 comments submitted to the Bureau of Land Management in 2021, about the exploratory drilling K2 Gold proposed to do on Conglomerate Mesa, the BLM determined that a more thorough analysis of impacts was warranted.

This week, in an official news release, the Ridgecrest BLM Field Office announced the formal opening of a 60-day public comment period (beginning today, Aug. 16, and continuing through Oct. 16) on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for K2 Gold’s mining proposal “modification,” which would involve the building of 2.6 miles of brand-new roads and 1.1 miles of overland travel 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.” Comment now!

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