Wed – 1/23: Update on the giveaway of pristine public land to a foreign copper mining company with a bad rep.! Site is up again and deadline extended to Jan. 30th!

Update: There was some pretty snaky stuff going on at the BLM as they attempt to hand over a beautiful wilderness area to a Chilean copper mining giant with a lousy environmental record. (More links under “Reading” below) Along with other protesters, Indivisible Ventura emailed a letter demanding they reopen the site AND extend the deadline to make up for the lost time, which was copied to our senators, representative and Rep. Grijalva (D-AZ), head of the House Natural Resources Committee. We’ll be watching…

Action – Be Indivisible. Spend 10 minutes helping people stop this slow-motion environmental disaster-in-waiting. 

Although a request is in to extend the comment period to 60 days, go ahead and post a public comment directly with the US. Forest service here, opposing the proposal to renew expired mineral leases on the Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters by new deadline of Jan. 30th.

Tips on comments:

  • Write your comment in another app, like Word or Notes, then copy it in. Reports back that the 1-hr. time limit to comment is wonky.
  • The “NEXT”  button to proceed with each step is on the far bottom right.
  • Use your own words. The BLM counts all identical comments as a single comment.
  • Example comments below.

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Mon- 1/21: Stop the giveaway of our public land to a foreign copper mining company! Deadline, Jan. 22 (Tuesday).

View of the toxic Berkeley Pit in 2017 in Butte, Montana. The former open pit copper mine is now part of the largest Superfund site in the United States. In the 1860s, the Butte area was known as the ‘Richest Hill on Earth’ due to the bonanza in copper and other metals. (Photo by Janie Osborne/Getty Images)

Action – Be Indivisible. Spend 10 minutes this MLK Day helping people stop this travesty. 

  • Note: the eplanning portal site is down. (Not essential?) Write out your comment on a separate file and get it ready to submit. Have emailed leadership personnel at BLM with request to extend comment period. Copied our senators and congresspeople.

Although a request is in to extend the comment period, go ahead and post a public comment directly with the US. Forest service here, (tip, the button to proceed with each step is on the bottom right) opposing the proposal to renew expired mineral leases on the Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters by the original deadline of Jan. 22nd, or use the comment from this site.  Example comments below.

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