July 25, 2017 10:43 PM
The third and final public listening session on the proposal to ban mineral exploration on federal lands took place in Virginia, the heart of mining country.
About 1000 people showed up, and it appeared the pro-mining side did have more people there.
Like the other hearings, the Forest Service and other government leaders sat in the front of the auditorium, and listened to comments for two and a half hours.
Many of the same familiar faces took their turns at the microphones. The first hour of the hearing was mostly pro-mining people, and then towards the middle it became more split.
The arguments were similar to the other hearings. Supporters of mining say this new type of mining can be down safely. Opponents bring up the past disasters.
The public comment period is open through August 11th.
If you want to comment, click here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=50938
After that, the Forest Service will review the comments, and then the team will will begin work on the Environmental Impact Study, which can take months or even years to complete.
The EIS will include alternatives to the ban and an environmental analysis.
The public will then be invited to review and comment on the draft EIS.
Updated: July 25, 2017 10:43 PM
Created: July 25, 2017 08:50 AM
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