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Earthshaking News: Planning Commission Rejects Mine

We won a pivotal victory! All five Planning Commissioners voted unanimously against the Idaho-Maryland Mine at the end of Nevada County's public hearing May 10 and 11!

They JUST SAID NO to the project and NO to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)! Together we experienced two days of drama, culminating in not only a vote by the commissioners – but an earthquake too!

It seems Mother Nature herself felt compelled to vote against the mine – only 20 minutes after Commissioner McAteer asked why the EIR erased a fault line from the final project map!

Next Step: Board of Supervisors - estimated early fall 2023


Planning Commission Recommends NO to Gold Mine | Community Opponents Celebrate | YubaNet

Planning Commission No the Idaho-Maryland Mine | The Union

Both days were live streamed. Watch the videos. May 10 | May 11


Phenomenal Show of Community Opposition

Perhaps the most impressive part of this story and that day is this community. Let’s face it – it really is like no other. Our collective experience and deep expertise are why we are effective.

Thank YOU…

Because YOU are why WE are winning!

Our presence at the meeting was a sight to behold:

  • Nearly 1,000 people attended the event, with over 900 “No Mine” attendance stickers handed out on the first day alone!

  • 500 postcards signed in 7 hours

  • 380 people grabbed tickets to speak

  • 139 people commented across two days, 112 were opposed

  • Dozens of students attended from local schools (with permission from their schools)

  • 9 hours of public comment

  • 4 TV crews

  • 4 food trucks

  • And one GREAT group photo!

Our numbers leading up to the meeting were just as impressive. We delivered:

  • A group letter from the 26 MineWatch Coalition organizations detailing the flaws in the Final Environmental Impact Report.

  • Over 5,500 petition signatures and proof that over 250 businesses signed on in opposition (including 100 realtors).

  • Huge stacks of paper containing some 1200 letters plus 600 “Just Say No” postcards submitted in the last 4 months alone.

  • A huge photomosaic banner made up of hundreds of faces of activists and community members holding “No Mine” signs.

  • 202 no-mine opinion editorials in the Union

  • Over 1,000 petition signatures gathered by SYRCL (South Yuba River Citizen's League) at their recent Wild and Scenic Film Festival

  • Over 200 signatures on a group letter from the Wells Coalition - a group of directly-impacted well owners within roughly 1/2 mile of the mine's mineral rights area


More News

6.8.23 Grass Valley residents oppose plan to reopen old gold mine | The Sacramento Bee (

5.26.23 Ideas & Opinions — John Brady: Urge the Supervisors to slam this project into the trash bin of history | Community |

5.20.23 Ideas & Opinions — Martha Turner: Kudos to the Planning Commission! Kudos to the people! | Community |

5.15.23 Rise Gold Sees Commission Deny Idaho-Maryland Mine Project In California | the deep dive

5.13.23 Planning commission rejects project to open up old gold mine in Nevada County (

5.12.23 Planning commission: No to the Idaho-Maryland mine | News |

5.12.23 Nevada County Planning Commission unanimously recommends denying the Idaho Maryland Mine – Rise Grass Valley Project - YubaNet

5.12.23 Rise Gold Reports Planning Commission Recommendation on Idaho-Maryland Mine Project (

5.10 CBS "It's a bad idea": Plans to reopen Nevada County gold mine sparks controversy - CBS Sacramento (

5.10.23 Fox News: Debate in Nevada County as company seeks to reopen mine -

5.10 Union: County chambers overflow with voices for and against the mine project (PHOTO GALLERY) | News |

5.10 Union Video: Mine Meeting: Nevada County Planning Commission holds hearing on the Idaho-Maryland Mine (Video) | News |

5.10 KCRA: Proposed Grass Valley mine reopening drew hundreds to public hearing (

5.10 ABC 10: Nevada County Planning Commission holding public meeting on proposed gold mine |

5.10 YubaNet: Planning Commission meeting goes into Day 2 - YubaNet

5.9 KCRA: Grass Valley could soon reopen its Idaho-Maryland Mine. Here’s why some want to stop it (

5.9 Judgement day: Nevada County Planning Commission to make recommendations on Idaho-Maryland Mine | News |

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