Re: Briggs Mine


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Posted by Harold Ericsson on July 08, 2002 at 17:05:29:

In Reply to: Re: Briggs Mine posted by Roadkill on July 08, 2002 at 11:08:05:

Dear Road Kill,
I'm aware that the Briggs Mine was made possible by the Desert Protection Act, I'm not aware that Senator Dianne Feinstein "had to sell her stock in the company." I've heard those stories but have never seen any evidence; if you have information about her (or her husband) interests in Canyon Resources I would very much like to know about it. My objections to the Briggs Mine are, I believe, straightforward: I think it is beyond stupidity to tear nine miles off the face of the Panamint Mountains for what cannot be more than one and a half cubic meters of gold. I believe it is a gross waste of capital, labor and resources to tear nine miles off the face of the Panamints for one and a half cubic meters of gold. All the money, labor, gasoline,and Diesel fuel used to tear up the Panamints could be used for constructive work.
We may agree on more than you think, the roll of the Desert Protection Act in making the Briggs Mine possible is one not widely known and those in the environmental community that do know what happened consider it a subject not fit for polite company--or for the ruder elements of society, I suppose. The irony of closing down access to canyons in the Panamint (try getting through lower Happy Canyon Wilderness on foot without damaging a willow tree) while devastating nine miles of magnificent mountain slopes is something we should all understand. In the Panamints there are mines and then there are vast earth moving projects which is what the Briggs Mine is.
Birdman



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