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 new 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.

Thank YOU! For all your advocacy. Our actions are to continue to educate all Virginians about the dangers of allowing commercial gold 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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Two Petitions For You To Sign!

October 9, 2021

#1 Buckingham County residents only:

Please ADD YOUR SUPPORT to the Community Bill of Rights called:
 “Ordinance Requiring an Assessment of the Compatibility of Metallic Mining with the Right to Freedom from Toxic Trespass.“ 

The ordinance 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
  • Protects us from the toxic trespass of industrial metallic mining
  • Prove It First! Show us another metallic mine that has caused no harm.

#2 All Virginia residents: please SIGN THIS PETITION to your state-wide elected officials: Protect Virginia’s Waters from metals mining.

  • Expand the study to include all metals
  • Support a moratorium on metals mining
  • Support frontline communities

Updates in Brief

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, 2021: New Map of Buckingham County abandoned metals mines. Thanks to Daniel Schaffer of Allegheny-Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA).

September 21, 2021: YouTube video – Aston Bay is expanding their exploration in Buckingham to 3 target sites (3:00) and also in South Central Virginia (Pittsylvania, Campbell Counties). Note our new messaging to ban all new mining of metals. Stay tuned for petitions to support new legislation requesting the NAS study to include all metals (not just gold) and a moratorium on all new metals mining.

August 6, 2021: Press Release by Appalachian Voices, “National Academies of Sciences (NAS) to study impacts of potential industrial gold mining in Virginia.” …A final “statement of task” between the NAS and DOE was confirmed with the interest groups today, and the NAS has opened nominations for study committee members.              We give thanks to our partners: Delegate Guzman, Appalachian Voices, Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Southern Environmental Law Center, Piedmont Environmental Council, Virginia Pipeline Resisters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Conservation Network, Virginia Community Rights Network and more.

 

 

 

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 (NAS) and the state Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (now the Department of Energy, or DOE).
  • 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.
  • Interactive map of gold drilling areas in Warminster area of Buckingham and communities impacted. Zoom out for existing brownfields in Buckingham County.
  • Follow developments here and at FoB Face Book.
  • Stop the gold mine in Virginia 11 minute video
  • Mine waste dam failure videos (warning – scary, and real): 2019 Brumadinho, Brasil Dam Collapse 3 minutes and 20 minutes.
  • Gold Prospecting in VA Educational Webinar 1/12/2021 One hour recording
  • Delegate Elizabeth Guzman’s press conference with us Friday 1/29/2021.

 

Videos

Gold Prospecting in VA Educational Webinar, January 12, 2021

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

The Dirty Truth About Gold Mining

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