Yesterday a federal court of appeals temporarily blocked construction of a proposed 2,000-foot-deep open-pit gold mine on public lands in Nevada. Barrick Gold Corporation's Cortez Hills Mine is now on hold until the U.S. Bureau of Land Management revises its environmental impact analysis. The court ruled that BLM failed to adequately analyze the potential for the mine on Mount Tenabo to "pollute the air with mercury emissions and dry up scarce water resources."
The Cortez Hills mine has been vigorously opposed by the Western Shoshone tribe, which considers Mount Tenabo a sacred site. Much construction activity has already taken place for the proposed mine.
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