How the deck is stacked against wild horses & burros

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) streamlines “uses” like mining that use huge amounts of water (while there is a drought in the West), yet cites the need to remove wild horses and burros to maintain a “thriving ecological balance.”  Just one mine in Nevada, Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike mine, has pumped over 383 BILLION gallons of water from an aquifer.   It seems that the BLM FAVORS “USES” THAT GENERATE MORE MONEY, which is in violation of the Federal Lands Management Planning Act (FLPMA).

To learn more, read “The Mining of our Aquifers” and “Neil Kornze, A BLM Gift to the Mining Industry”.  You can read more about the Pan Mine Project, that Kornze refers to in the article below, HERE.  –  Debbie

5550dd0a15be2.image  Neil Kornze (photo:  Dylan Woolf Harris, Elko Daily Free Press)

BLM aims to lower mine permitting timeline

SOURCE:  Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO – From the planning stages to production, the time for a mine to be up and running can feel like a long wait – but it’s not as long as it used to be.

Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze, who comes from a mining family and spent most of his childhood and teenage years in northeastern Nevada’s mining community, said the agency is actively working to cut down on the permitting process for mines on federal land.

“We’re requesting (from mining companies) more information up front, which allows us to be more timely in the processing of the application,” he said during a May stop in Elko.

Kornze cited the Pan Mine in White Pine County as a notable example. Exploration in 2011 led to an operating plan. The scoping period began in early 2012, and the record of decision was signed in December of 2013.

A few other projects were also permitted within about three years, he added.

“The prior standard used to be more like 10 years,” he said. “I think we’re pretty pleased with the big step forward on that.”

The long process has been criticized in the past by county officials.

“We’re very proud that mining continues to be a key driver of the economy here in Northern Nevada,” he said.

The plans for Midway Gold U.S. Inc.’s Pan operation called for main north and south pits. The BLM also approved three satellite pits, a heap leach pad, three rock disposal sites and a transmission line, altogether adding up to 3,301 acres of surface disturbance.

Kornze became BLM chief in December 2013.

At his confirmation hearing, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., remarked on Kornze’s link to mining country.

“Neil Kornze is somebody that is just perfect for the job, raised in rural Nevada, Elko County,” he said. “Nevada has 17 counties. But in the northeastern part of the state is a large county that is really a remarkably beautiful place. It now has more mining in it than any place in America. The State of Nevada produced about 6 million ounces of gold last year, and much of it came from Elko County.”


12 comments on “How the deck is stacked against wild horses & burros

  1. And it appears to me that besides Neil Kornze’s mining fast-tracking … another way mining is being expanded on our public lands is through “expansion” of current mining activities. Example: Newmont Mining Corporation recently submitted a request to increase an open-pit mine near Battle Mountain, Nevada … but there are many more examples.

    Some of these “expansion” projects are on our wild horse and burro legal lands such as the Cordex mine expansion environmental assessment (EA) DOI-BLM-B020-2015-0029-EA (Pilot Mountain Wild Horse Herd) and the Mineral Ridge Mine Mary LC Satellite Deposit Project DOI-BLM-NV-B020-2015-0030-EA March 2015 which greatly effects the Silver Peak HMA in SW Nevada.


  2. when the Barrick Cortez mine out of canada wanted to expand its mining operations out of Elko, the BLMs own EA stated the mine would eliminate 31 water seeps, springs and 1 year around stream covering much more land than was to be mined-far reaching effects in a desert environment where communities, wildlife wild horses and domestic animals require water to survive..never mind climate change the BLM allowed those 31 sources to be destroyed, they were only stopped temporarily, as per usual-in an effort to fast track their proposal, they offered no mitigation for the toxic dust coming off of those trucks hauling the mountain out. The United Nations even sent a representative to support the native americans rights to the mountain on long standing religious significance to no avail..this governmen agency is completely run wild and out of control and is not working to benefit the american taxpayer, but only corporations that are not even american


  3. So this large county in the NE part of the state (NV) is “really a remarkably beautiful place” according to Mr. Reid – and it now has more mining than any place in America! How can it be both? Do the people who live in NV really feel this is a good thing?


  4. What many individuals fail to realize is that this not only affects the environment and wildlife (including our wild horses and burros — anyone that asserts that they are not forms of wildlife needs to go back to elementary school), but the HUMAN population as well. I’d love to see what Dirty Harry would say when water shortages get so severe that he won’t be able to take a shower. Heck, I don’t think all the water in the world could cleanse his filthy soul.


  5. Those in the natural resource mining industry do not choose the places they mine because they are beautiful; they choose them because that is where the fuels, metals, elements, minerals, and other substances they need are known to exist.

    The big tell that North American paleontologists like James Leidy, Dr. O.W. Marsh, Walter Granger, George Gaylord Simpson, and others who discovered horse fossils as well as other prehistoric and modern mammals throughout N. America from around the 1850’s through the 1950’s work revealed is that the presence of the mammals whose diet is largely plant or plant product based is that the powers that have gradually and insidiously inserted themselves within the confines of the U.S. government do not want us to realize what the history of the horses in North America told them and their non-governmental partners.

    The big horse whopper hat is that all those fossils of horses and other grazing megafauna as well as the smaller sized versions of the same animal classes is that that the climate in the West has undergone continuous and natural change. Animal size is related to the temperature of the climate with smaller animals of the same families and even the same species found during warm periods while larger animals are found in colder times—. Thus, all this talk about catastrophic climate change that will threaten every species on Earth is simply unfounded. The truth in the dirt is that species adapt through subspecies and then they may mutate into other branches or become extinct.

    Horses survived every climate and every geological armageddon the natural world provided, but they as we may not survive the presence of the greatest predator of all time and that is simple human arrogance. Arrogance is more dangerous than ignorance and this is what we are facing today. Humans who believe that they have the power let alone the understanding of how nature works and therefore should attempt to control nature’s forces when their actions show that they do not have the first idea about how nature works. The modern horse and human beings entered the planetary stage within the same relatively short period of geological time. That means that all the plants and animals and other parts of the natural world that occurred in earlier periods of global cooling and global warming and the natural variations within these are survivable—we know this because we share the same ability to adapt to temperate range and other environmental changes as the horse. Thank God that nature provided within the species of the horse the traits that make the horse amenable to domestication that the animals like the zebras lack. Horses don’t need any special adaptations to adjust to human beings. Their desire for companionship (horses and hoofs preferred but a human will do) make them ideally suited for both life in the wild and in domestication.


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