|The long-awaited Draft Environmental
Impact Statement (DEIS) which addresses the potential effects of withdrawing
federal lands from locatable mineral exploration and mining in 3 separate
sections in northern Arizona (initially scheduled to be published in August,
2010) was finally released to the public on Friday, February 18, 2011.
In its printed form, this DEIS encompasses almost 900 pages in 2 volumes, measuring almost 3½ inches in width and weighing in at almost 7½ pounds. In its electronic .pdf format, (see links below) it totals almost 27 MB in 22 separate files. This epic tome is the result of the combined efforts of no less than 83 individuals from various fields of study. One can only wonder at the time. effort, energy and, especially, money that went into this largely unnecessary political football.
This DEIS supposedly incorporates the best information available to the government so as to aid the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, in reaching a final decision about the proposed withdrawal based upon science and fact ... not politics.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was responsible for the preparation of this DEIS and supposedly worked in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and other "entities" including state agencies, local governments and tribes. The DEIS identifies 3 other alternatives (from no withdrawal to 2 separate partial withdrawals) to the proposed total withdrawal, It attempts to disclose the potential effects all the alternatives would have on the people in the local communities as well as the local natural and cultural resources.
The American Clean Energy Resources Trust (ACERT), again reiterates the fact that the entire “crisis” that led to this uncalled for “study” — as well as the expenditure of untold governmental resources and funds — was and remains completely politically inspired. We encourage you to read the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to both witness your federal government and tax dollars in action and to see for yourself the results of this "study." Links to all sections of this DEIS are available immediately below.
Public comments were accepted by the BLM up until May 4, 2011, which reflects an additional 30 days from the originally announced cutoff date. The American Clean Energy Resources Trust (ACERT) submitted 151 pages of specific and substantive comments about the DEIS to the BLM. Hundreds and hundreds of supporters of mining individually submitted comments to the BLM as well.
Publically Submitted Comments about the DEIS
Abstract 63 Kb .pdf file
Executive Summary 137 Kb .pdf file
Acronyms and Abbreviations 83 Kb .pdf file
Chapter 2 - Proposed Action and Alternatives 2350 Kb .pdf file
Chapter 3 - Affected Environment 10792 Kb (10+ MB) .pdf file
Chapter 4 - Environmental Consequences 3745 Kb (3+ MB) .pdf file
Chapter 5 - Consultation and Coordination 430 Kb .pdf file
Chapter 6 - Literature Cited 595 Kb .pdf file
Chapter 7 - Glossary 353 Kb .pdf file
Chapter 8 - Index 353 Kb .pdf file
Appendix A - FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE 105 Kb .pdf file
Appendix B - LOCATABLE MINERAL RESOURCES 778 Kb .pdf file
Appendix C - SUMMARY OF RECORDS FOR SELECTED WELLS 1802 Kb .pdf file
Appendix D - SUMMARY OF LOCATION AND DISCHARGE FOR SPRINGS, SEEPS, AND STREAMS 1574 Kb .pdf file
Appendix E - SITE INFORMATION FOR WATER QUALITY SAMPLES 1913 Kb .pdf file
Appendix F - SUMMARY OF SELECTED CHEMICAL QUALITY DATA FOR WATER SAMPLES 1381 Kb .pdf file
Appendix G - DETERMINING SOURCE OF DISSOLVED URANIUM USING ISOTOPES 375 Kb .pdf file
Appendix H - CULTURE HISTORY OF THE PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL AREA 462 Kb .pdf file
I - RECREATION OPPORTUNITY SPECTRUM 44 Kb .pdf file