The mission of the Friends of Buckingham is to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage of Buckingham County.
We now face a major threat to Buckingham and the entire state of Virginia. A Canadian exploration company found gold in Buckingham. Here’s what that could mean for this community:
- An open-pit mine hundreds of acres wide and hundreds of feet deep, pulling water from our well sources
- Massive cyanide waste lagoons
- Contaminated drinking water, streams, rivers, and lakes
- Taxpayers left paying millions for an unsalvageable toxic waste site.
We have a fundamental right to clean water, air, and land. A gold mine would violate those rights.
Stopping the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
After more than seven years fighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, we WON!
Ben Price presents to the Buckingham Board of Supervisors 11/15/22: Adopt both a rights-based ordinance to protect our freedom from toxic trespass and a land-use ordinance. Start at 16:50. Stay on for our awesome public comments.
Meaningful state protections are looking increasingly doubtful. See the articles below. First up, local protections could to be the answer to stopping metallic mining at our doorstep. Local Protections See 3 articles in the Farmville Herald. And watch Ben...
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Brian Carlton, Editor of the Farmville Harald covers the release of the report on the study of the impacts of gold mining in Virginia, by the National Academies of Sciences. Included are 2 good quotes from Kenda Hanuman, FoB representative to the State Agency...
With exploration for gold continuing in Buckingham County, a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine found Virginia’s current system of regulating gold mining “is not adequate to address the potential impacts” of commercial extraction....
There are 447 documented abandoned gold mines in Virginia, and an estimated 500 undocumented, and they are all loaded with mercury, some with cyanide, arsenic, and other toxic materials. Many have numerous gaping and dangerous open shafts. There are some...