Category: Mining

The sublime majesty of cyanide

ScholarDay has been writing recently of a proposed open pit cyanide heap leach mine proposed in the Centennial Mountains in Eastern Idaho: the Kilgore Project. We’ve talked about how the Centennial Mountains are the only remaining wildlife corridor connecting large mammal populations (including grizzly bears) in Yellowstone National Park to populations in central Idaho and […]

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Open Pit mining in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Timeline of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s Open Pit Apocalypse

The Fickle Business of the Open Pit 1930s: Blue Ledge Company sets up underground adits, potential prospect pits, and a foundation for a mill that will never end up getting built. 1983 – 1994: Bear Creek Mining tries some exploratory drilling then sells to Placer Dome US (1990), which after trying some exploratory drilling sells […]

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Centennial Mountains from highest peak Mount Jefferson

The Centennial Mountains: A Range Like No Other In Idaho

The Centennial Mountains: Our Favorite Places’ Best Kept Secret Sure, in terms of Rocky Mountain celebrities, the Centennials are not exactly A-listers. Glacier National Park lies to the north; Yellowstone National Park, to the east; Grand Teton National Park, to the southeast. With backpackers and climbers understandably taken by the Sawtooths, peak-baggers writing their names […]

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Variations on a Bumper Sticker: Capitalism and Natural Resources

Variation on a Bumper Sticker There’s a bumper sticker I’ve seen floating around out there. It says: “Socialism: A great idea… ’til you run out of other people’s money!” The quote is thought to be adapted from a statement made by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It is everything a bumper sticker should be: pithy, […]

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Parmenides in the Centennials: A Calculus

Prologue and Apology It seems to me that a deductive logic system is among the colder ways to approach reality. It is the extraction of principle from physical. It is, by definition, not reality at all. I don’t know if there’s any truth to such schemata, at least in the sense that the poets and […]

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Kilgore Project will devastate these grizzlies

#Kill the Kilgore Project Before It Kills Our Grizzlies

The Kilgore Project Yesterday, Idaho Falls’s Post Register reported the Canadian gold mining company Otis intends to expand drilling operations in the Centennial Mountains. They want 3000 more acres to build forest-removing roads and 140 drill sites. This Kilgore Project proposal, so named for its proximity to Kilgore, Idaho, would increase their current drilling operation […]

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