Court Kills Attempt to Mine Gold at Yellowstone National Park’s Entrance

December 18, 2020 at 4:23 pm

Judge agrees with conservationists that “Yellowstone is more valuable than gold”

The Montana Supreme Court has squashed a mining company’s attempt to dig for gold in the mountains surrounding Yellowstone National Park.

The drilling was about to take place on Emigrant Peak, right above Paradise Valley, one of the best views from the northern entrance to Yellowstone.

“Never underestimate the power of a community united to preserve its values to move mountains — and to protect them,” director of the Park County Environmental Council Michelle Uberuaga said.

Environmental group Earthjustice argued that Lucky Minerals’ project would pollute the Yellowstone River with acid and toxic heavy metals, disturb essential habitat for grizzly bears, lynx, elk and wolverines, and ruin the view of Emigrant Peak from the iconic National Park.

The mining project never would’ve gotten this close to happening without a sneaky amendment to state law in 2011 that allowed exploratory drilling to happen before an environmental impact review.

The judge’s ruling declared that amendment “unconstitutional.”