A recurring theme at Resourceful Earth has been the inherent contradiction faced by environmentalists: they want certain new technologies but don’t want the materials for these technologies to be dug up out of the ground, at least not where they can see it happening.
The latest example is a small potential mine deposit about 20 miles north of Mt. Saint Helen’s in Washington State, effectively in the middle of a very nowhere. Apparently a mining opportunity in the middle of nowhere still offends environmentalists. Though at this point the mining company isn’t clear that the opportunity is profitable (meaning that the suspected gold, copper, silver, and molybdenum might not exist in sufficient quantities or might be difficult to extract). There was a recent public hearing to discuss the exploratory drilling:
Eric Hoffman, a spokesperson for the BLM, said that If drilling revealed a sizeable deposit, Ascot would have exclusive rights to develop a mine in the area. However, it would have to go through a separate environmental review to develop the mine, and it also would have to prove the operation could be profitable..
While the potential environmental consequences of drilling and mining do give cause for concern, Mossyrock resident Dennis Haddler said that he has faith that the state has strong enough environmental protections to prevent serious harm.
“Why should we by these things from Chile or Peru or China, where they don’t have any environmental laws?” Haddler asked.