MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
December 13, 2021
Coalition to protect Virginia from metals mining to announce formation and initiation of scientific study
New legislative efforts to support pause on permitting
Richmond, VA – A virtual press conference will be held Monday, December 13 from 3:00-3:30p.m. to announce the launch of a statewide coalition to protect Virginia communities from the threat of large-scale metals mining operations. The coalition will also provide updates on the study of gold mining in Virginia being conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine; and announce new legislation around metals mining for the upcoming General Assembly Session.
Speakers will include Dan Holmes, Director of State Policy at the Piedmont Environmental Council; Stephanie Rinaldi, Coalition Coordinator of the Press Pause Coalition; Deacon Harvey Shelton, impacted community member, and a message from Delegate Shelly Simonds (HD92). The press conference will be held via Zoom at this link (registration required).
The work being done by these organizations is in response to exploration for metals being conducted by a Canadian junior mining company in three Virginia counties: Buckingham, Campbell and Pittsylvania. The company has mentioned metals deposits across the state of Virginia, hinting that commercial metals mining operations may target communities across the Commonwealth. The negative impacts of commercial metals mining operations to water and public health are well-documented and numerous, and local and state-wide organizations are joining together in hopes of preventing these harms, and to examine historic residual harms from unreclaimed mines.
Who: Impacted community members and environmental advocates
When: Monday, December 13, 3:00-3:30p.m.
What: Virtual Press Conference announcing the launch of a statewide coalition and legislation to protect Virginia from metals mining
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