Ban Gold-mining

Take Action to protect Virginia from the dangers of commercial gold-mining

You can help stop this year’s threat to the air, land, and drinking water of rural Buckingham and potentially millions of Commonwealth residents along the Virginia Gold-Pyrite Belt and downstream.  Virginia’s weak regulations do not protect us. But thanks to community members and state allies, and especially Delegate Guzman, we got legislation through the General Assembly in March 2021 to conduct a statewide, comprehensive study about the impacts of gold mining. The final bill can be read here. This year, 2022, our coalition sponsored HB250, asked for more. Scroll to the Updates section for more info.

Thank YOU! For your advocacy. Our actions are to continue to educate all Virginians about the dangers of allowing new commercial gold/metals mining into our state and asserting our right to clean water, air, land.

We have yard signs, bumper stickers and pins! Please email for your signs: info@friendsofbuckinghamva.org

 

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Take Action!

#1 Buckingham County residents and landowners:   a PETITION for you to sign:

Please ADD YOUR SUPPORT to the Community Bill of Rights, a proposed common sense ordinance that would protect the health, safety and general welfare of the residents and natural environment of Buckingham County:

  • Claims our right and responsibility to make decisions locally to protect our communities.
  • Protects us from the toxic trespass of industrial metallic mining.
  • Prove It First! Show us another metallic mine that has caused no harm.

Please sign and share this petition with othe Buckingham County residents. Please use this link:  bit.ly/bhamord.

To read the ordinance and more, visit the Virginia Community Rights Network (VACRN) landing page.

#2  Virginia Energy (formerly DMME): State Agency gold mining study work group (impacted VA communities)

Public Comment Forum: To make comments go to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall site. Comment period through 9/30/2022. For talking points, click here.

Attend meetings in person at the Buckingham County Administration Building or virtually. For upcoming meetings and to view past event recordings click here.

#3 Nationl Academies of Sciences gold mining study

Next meeting, a listening session: Wednesday 5/25 7-9 pm, Buckingham. For talking points, click here. Thursday 5/26 Tour of Buckingham.

To register for upcoming meetings, view past event recordings and to give comment online click here.  Please get your comments in now to inform the NAS study which will be reviewed in July.

 

Updates/Timeline in Brief

May 2022:
State Agency gold mining study work
group meetings (May 16):  Click here for information on upcoming meetings and recordings of past meetings.
NASEM Town Hall: Wednesday May 25, 7-9 pm. Please show up to give your input! Click here for more info.  For talking points, click here.     

February 2022: 
HB250: House panel rejects metals mining study February 7, 2022. We asked to pause permitting for new metallic mines (gold, copper, lead and zinc) while the NASEM studies the impacts  and makes recommendations for updating regulations to protect Virginia. See fact sheet here. Thanks to bypartisan sponsorship by Delegate Shelly Simons and Delegate Edmunds. The Virginia Mercury article by Sarah Vogelsong here. 

January 2022: Updated map, Gold-pyrite belt and the Virginia House of Delegates. Thanks to our partners, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

December 2021: Press Pause Coalition Check out the new website  for the statewide coalition of partners which officially formed in 2021 and seeks to implement a pause on permitting metals mining in Virginia. Join us!

October, 2021: FoB is partnering with the Virginia Community Rights Network (VACRN) to gather support for a proposed commonsense local ordinance to protect Buckingham County from the harm we know that would come from metallic mining. See petition (above) and Communities page.

September 21, 2021: Aston Bay is expanding their exploration in Buckingham to 3 target sites and also in South Central Virginia (Pittsylvania, Campbell Counties). Watch the YouTube video (3:00 minutes)

Quick Resources

  • The Statement of Task: to study the impacts of gold mining on Virginia, as agreed upon August 6, 2021 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the state Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (now Viginia Energy).
  • Watch: Our most recent video, of October 2021, Meet our neighbors in rural Buckingham, VA, USA, who are speaking out to protect our community and all those downstream and downwind from the lethal toxicity of a proposed industrial gold mine.  16 minutes
  • Informational flyers on gold mining
  • 4 Maps of impacted communities: 1) DMME Virginia Gold Pyrite Belt & old mine sites (brownfields), 2) DMME, labeled counties, Gold Pyrite Belt & brownfields overlay, 3) VA Gold Pyrite Belt, NOVA insert  4) Warminster, Buckingham exploration sites.
  • Map: of Buckingham County abandoned metals mines. Thanks to Daniel Schaffer of Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA).
  • Interactive map of gold drilling areas in Warminster area of Buckingham and communities impacted. Zoom out for existing brownfields in Buckingham County. More thanks to Dan Schaffer!
  • Map: Virginia Downstream Drinking Water Map (downstream from the gold pyrite belt, prime mining area east of the Appalachian Mountains). Thanks to Miller Cochran of Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). And check out their flyer: “Gold mines harm public health and the environment“.
  • Follow developments here and at FoB Face Book.
  • Watch: Stop the gold mine in Virginia 11 minute video
  • Watch: Mine waste dam failure videos (warning – scary, and real): 2019 Brumadinho, Brasil Dam Collapse 3 minutes and 20 minutes.
  • Watch: Gold Prospecting in VA Educational Webinar 1/12/2021 One hour recording
  • Watch: Delegate Elizabeth Guzman’s press conference with us Friday 1/29/2021.

 

Videos

Meet our neighbors in rural Buckingham, VA, USA, who are speaking out to protect our community and all those downstream and downwind from the lethal toxicity of a proposed industrial gold mine.
October 2021  16 minutes

Gold Prospecting in VA Educational Webinar
January 12, 2021 One hour

How Virginia’s Gold Could Harm Your Community Gold mining webinar
Thursday March 18, 2021  One hour

The Dirty Truth About Gold Mining
One hour

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