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  • July Day of Action A Huge Success

    We're so proud of our amazing community who came out in force on July 22's Day of Action to show the absurdity of Rise Gold's privately-funded survey (which claims the majority of residents support the mine). Our volunteers talked with people across Grass Valley and Nevada City and heard overwhelming opposition to the mine, with nary a supporter to be found. Read The Union's coverage of our big day! This is not OK. Organizers mobilize in light of Rise Gold Survey. THANK YOU to EVERYONE who came out!. Here are just a few of the pictures that were taken! If you have more to share, please send them to mineconcerns@cea-nc.org.

  • Jeff Kane: Here’s a better poll for reopening mine

    In what is quite possibly the most illuminating critique yet of Rise Gold's poll claiming majority support for mine, Union columnist Jeff Kane shows exactly how the words were used to manipulate the answers, and offers spot-on examples of how the opposition could write an equally manipulative poll to get the opposite result. Jeff Kane states that the CEO of the polling company, Justin Walling, "doesn’t advertise himself to potential clients as a pollster, but as a marketer." Mr. Kane provides a link to the poll script to show how the questions posed are basically "leading the witness." As he puts it: "The script goes on to describe the reopened mine as the finest gift to humankind since the opposable thumb, outdoing even Rise Gold’s own hyperbole. Each glowing description of its harmlessness is followed by, 'Does knowing this make you more likely or less likely to support re-opening the Idaho-Maryland Mine?'” His first counter example brings home exactly the kind of manipulation that is employed: "Dewatering the mine may not only bring buried heavy metal toxins to the surface, but contaminate waterways between here and the Sacramento River. That much pumping might lower the water table, drying up the wells of hundreds of homeowners. Does knowing this make you more likely or less likely to support reopening the Idaho-Maryland Mine?” Read the full article in The Union.

  • Richard Drace: Rise Gold proposal is risky, rude and just plain wrong

    From beginning to end, local resident, Richard Drace, skewers the anti-mine argument and raises a few on-target points that we don't hear enough about. The many contributors who have expressed their significant concerns about the Rise Gold proposal deserve our thanks. Perhaps it’s time for a bit of summary of a few salient points. Taken together, their arguments present a compelling case for denying the project application. Water, water, (not) everywhere: Scientists say they’ve been wrong about climate change; it’s happening more quickly and more severely than they predicted. We’re in a climate-change-influenced megadrought. Yet pumping out a million gallons a day or more for 80 years is no problem because a computer model, quite possibly is as much a parody of objectivity as the recent Rise satisfaction survey, says it will be OK? Job applicant: If you were an employer and you looked at Ben Mossman’s resumé and his references for his company, would you hire him? Past performance may be no guarantee of future results, but it sure is a strong indicator when it comes to a sketchy company CEO’s track record. Read the rest in The Union.

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  • Take Action | MineWatchNC.org

    Act NOW! 1. Sign the Petition! 2. 3. Comment at Board of Supervisors Meetings The Board meets twice a month. Your written or spoken comments make a huge difference. Double your impact by commenting to the Grass Valley City Council too. Learn how. ​ 4. Get involved! eNews Join the group Follow and share Follow and share Join the group Get the full kit Follow and share Show Your Support! Email us to get a free pin Email us to get a yard sign ($10 suggested donation) one stop action shop Donate Donate Your donation helps with political advocacy, community education, and legal fees - including hiring the best legal experts from the highly respected environmental law firm, Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger. Your donation goes to our sponsor, Community Environmental Advocates Foundation. thank you for your support The approval process for the mine is regulated by California's Environment Quality Act (CEQA), making the whole effort a marathon, not a sprint. Our team is watching the calendar and engaging with Nevada County Planners to keep track of the timeline. Here is our most current estimate for major milestones: July 2020 Notice of Preparation open for Community Review Late Summer 2021 Draft Environmental Impact Report open for Community Review Early 2022 Government Review of Final Environmental Impact Report March/April 2022 Nevada County Board of Supervisors makes a Decision understand the process Listen to CEA Foundation volunteer, Paul Schwartz, talk about CEQA and the timeline for this project. Whether you have a lot of time, or just a little, there are things you can do to help. stay in the know Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news and events, action alerts, and invitations to monthly meetings hosted by CEA Foundation. Strength in numbers makes a big impression. ​ Subscribe to eNews Join our Facebook group to connect with like-minded people Follow our Facebook page to get news you can share with others- Follow us on Instagram Join our NextDoor group Follow us on Twitter become an advocate We're on a mission to be the most vocal group at the regularly scheduled County Board of Supervisor's meetings. Your written or spoken comments can make a huge difference. ​ Learn how to comment Get links for research or sharing Get The Word Out We need to alert the community about this project. Can you reach out to neighbors digitally, set up virtual meetings, or visit local businesses? We could use your help. ​ Ask for handout materials become a minewatcher Join our newsletter for updates and monthly meeting invitations. Subscribe

  • Stop The Idaho-Maryland Mine | MineWatch Nevada County

    Sign the Petition! TOGETHER, WE CAN STOP THE MINE. Join Us Protect our health, economy, and quality of life. Rise Gold, a junior mining company with questionable experience, wants to reopen the Idaho-Maryland Mine in Grass Valley, CA. why stop the mine? Our Nevada County Supervisors will vote on the proposed reopening of the Idaho-Maryland Mine as early as 2022. Residents and businesses think it's a really bad idea. ​ Here are our 8 top reasons . -Mahatma Ghandi Risks our Health untrust worthy Pollutes our Air HURTS LOCALS Drains our Water Noise Pollution Devours our Power dumps mine waste Learn More "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed." Act NOW! Comment at Board of Supervisors Meetings The Board meets twice a month. Your written or spoken comments can make a huge difference. Show Your Support! Email us to get a free pin Email us to get a yard sign ($10 suggested donation) Get involved! ​ eNews Join the group Follow and share Follow and share Join the group Follow and share Get the full kit Donate Your tax-deductible donation helps with research, community education, and legal fees. MineWatch sponsor, CEA Foundation, has hired the respected law firm, Shute, Mihaly, and Weinberger, to assist with this effort. RECENT news READY TO LEARN MORE? BROWSE our library. become a minewatcher Sign up for our newsletter to get updates and monthly meeting invitations. Subscribe Mike Shea: Too Good To Be True Bob Clark: Perry Mason, where are you when we need you? Darrell Berkheimer: Mine survey lacks credibility Jim Weir: The Rise Gold Survey Mark Hotsenpiller: Mine survey is worthless Don Rivenes: Reopening mine solves no priorities Brandon Butrick: Rise Gold’s track record Randall J. Newsome: Rise Gold, show me the money Mary Anderson: Does mine make sense economically?

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