Death Valley Gold Mining Faceoff

Near the border of Death Valley National Park in the California desert, a new battle is brewing over gold mining. A Canadian gold mining company, K2 Gold Corporation of Vancouver, says it has found gold ore not far from the ghost town of Cerro Gordo where silver mining flourished 150 years ago. 

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It’s high-grade gold ore,” Jodie Gibson, vice president of exploration for K2, told the Los Angeles Times. “It would yield about 7 grams of gold per ton, which is really good.” The Canadian company, which owns mineral claims on more than 14,000 acres of federal land, hopes to create an open-pit mine in the Inyo Mountains that would extract the gold using a sodium cyanide solution.

But, as is the case in other proposed gold mining sites, environmentalists, as well as Native American tribes, are fiercely opposed.  

“K2 is in for a hell of a fight,” said Bryan Hatchell of the nonprofit Friends of the Inyo. “Mining here is off the table.”

While miners point to proven reserves and speak of the potential for new mines, fact is the supply of gold is limited, in part because of opposition to mining from those who wish to protect culturally significant land and regions where wildlife flourishes. 

“The disrespect of our land is unacceptable,” Kathy Bancroft, tribal historic preservation officer of the Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe, told the Times. “We will stand in the way of any future exploration or mining project.”

Other opponents include the Sierra Club, the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe, and the Center for Biological Diversity, who are concerned about the potential destruction of Native American cultural sites, protection of wildlife habitats, pollution, and overuse of scarce water resources for mining.

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