Mining Proposal Near Mt. St. Helens Defeated
Since 2004, the Task Force has been working to protect Mt. St. Helens and the Green River from hardrock mining. Most recently, in late 2014, we successfully defeated an attempt by Ascot Resources Limited—a Canadian mining company—to conduct exploratory drilling for copper, gold, and molybdenum deposits in an effort to develop a mine in the Green River valley, just 12 miles northeast of Mt. St. Helens. Mining development could significantly harm threatened salmon and steelhead populations in the Green River, recreation opportunities in the area, and drinking water supplies for the cities of Longview, Kelso, and Castle Rock.
This is the third time that the mining industry has tried to develop a mine in this immediate area, and the third time that the Task Force has stopped them. While we were successful in defeating this most recent attempt, it is critical that we remain vigilant to continue to protect the Green River valley and Mt. St. Helens from future mining attempts. You can help!