Three weeks ago we passed on Baykeeper’s alert on US Mine Corporation’s attempt to secure an “Exclusive Right to Negotiate” for a large portion of the former Evergreen pulp mill in Samoa. We said
“Not since the LNG proposal or the East-West Crazy Train has there been this type of potential threat to our bay.”
Baykeeper and the Examiner encouraged everyone to show up to the Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation District board meeting
That was followed by a standing room only crowd at the meeting, who let the US Mine Corp know of the public’s great concern and skepticism
Now we have great news to report here’s Baykeeper’s press release:
US Mine Corp withdraws gold ore processing proposal
Today, US Mine Corporation withdrew its proposal to pursue development of a gold ore processing plant at the former Evergreen Pulp Mill in Samoa. In a letter to Humboldt Bay Harbor, Recreation, and Conservation Executive Director Jack Crider, Scott Dockter, President of US Mine Corp, said,
“In our final analysis of the proposal, we determined we could not accept the risk involved with the significant effort and substantial cost it would have taken to receive agency and public approval.”
The proposed Exclusive Right to Negotiate would have given the company 60 days to submit a detailed proposal describing the proposed development, site plans, and funding sources.
Humboldt Baykeeper is relieved that US Mine Corp realized after the standing-room-only public hearing that its proposal was not a good fit for Humboldt Bay. Thanks to everyone who spoke up for a healthy bay, and against industries that would put our bay at risk.
We wish the District success in its search for environmentally-appropriate industries to use the former pulp mill.
For the Bay and coast, Humboldt Baykeeper -Jennifer Kalt, Director and Jasmin Segura, Bay Tours Coordinator