MAINE
AT RISK!

Predatory prospectors are circling as they prepare to dig in to Maine's wild lands and natural resources.

It's clear from their own words: Canadian mining company, Wolfden is selling Maine as the new Wild West of mining.

Wolfden is pulling out all the stops to open Maine up to foreign owned resource extraction at the expense of our home and future.

LUPC FINAL DECISION VALENTINE'S DAY
WEDS FEBRUARY 14th rally @ 9:15 am LUPC meeting @ 10AM

Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Rd, Brewer, ME

We Say
HELL NO
to Wolfden's proposed Pickett Mountain mine

On February 2nd, 2024 the LUPC released its draft ruling in response to Wolfden Resources second attempt to rezone land adjacent to Pickett Mountain Pond. The 109 page document makes clear that Wolfden again failed to provide substantial evidence to justify rezoning the land from a General Management to a Planned Development (D-PD) subdistrict to allow for the development of a gold, lead, silver, copper, and zinc mine adjacent to Pickett Mountain Pond. (BDN Coverage HERE)

The LUPC will be meeting Wednesday, February 14th, at 10am at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer (15 Littlefield Rd). We plan to get there early to show our love for the Northwoods, to celebrate the draft decision, and to encourage the LUPC to make it final! Join us in making this Valentine’s Day one to remember! Learn more about the threat of mining in Maine on the Friends of Pickett Mountain Pond website

READ THE FULL MEMO HERE

"[T]he Commission finds the proposed rezoning would have an undue adverse impact on water resources, fisheries, and aquatic life because there is credible evidence in the record that shows a significant risk of adverse impacts to these resources from acid rock drainage and potential spills of hazardous materials..."

"The Commission sees potential socioeconomic benefits accrued from the Project as short-term and subject to volatility, whereas potential pollution from the Project could persist for hundreds of years, based the record of the mining industry when mining VMS deposits (Findings 52 and 193). Given the history of the mining industry; the lack of an example of a similar mine that meets environmental regulations; research showing that mines frequently fail to meet water quality standards, negatively impacting surface water (Finding 98); and the value and sensitivity of the water resources in the area (Findings 72 and 87), the Commission disagrees with Wolfden’s statement that choosing between the local economy and the environment is a false narrative."

"[T]he Commission has found that the proposal will not retain the principal values of the CLUP, does not represent a sustainable pattern of land use, and does not meet several CLUP goals on which the Commission places significant weight (location of development, plant and animal habitat resources, and water resources). Additionally, Wolfden has not demonstrated that the Project could represent environmentally responsible exploration and mining, and there are overriding public values requiring protection. Therefore, the Commission finds the Project is not consistent with the CLUP."

The Commission concludes that the Applicant has not provided substantial evidence that the proposed land use districts are consistent with the standard for district boundaries in effect at this time, and thus has not met the corresponding requirements of 12 M.R.S. § 685-A(8-A)(A), restated in Chapter 12, § 4(B)(1)(a) based on Findings 196-197.

The Commission concludes that the Applicant has not provided substantial evidence that the proposed land use districts are consistent with the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and thus has not met the corresponding requirements of 12 M.R.S. § 685-A(8-A)(A), restated in Chapter 12, §4(B)(1)(a) based on Finding 223.

The Commission concludes that the Applicant has not provided substantial evidence that the proposed land use districts will have no undue adverse impact on existing uses or resources, and thus has not met the corresponding requirements of 12 M.R.S. § 685-A(8-A)(B), restated in Chapter 12, § 4(B)(1)(b) based on Finding 108.

The Commission concludes approval of the petition would not be an act of sound land use planning, and that the proposed rezoning is not consistent with the purpose, intent and provisions 12 M.R.S. Ch. 206-A, and thus has not met the corresponding requirements of 12 M.R.S. § 685-A(8-A)(A), restated in Chapter 12, § 4(B)(1)(a) based on Finding 230.

Think Maine has the toughest mining laws around? Think again!

The much touted Chapter 200 rules actually state “contamination of groundwater from activities permitted under this Chapter may occur within a mining area” It also explicitly exempts acidity and metal pollution—including arsenic, mercury, and lead from regulation. Wisconsin’s Act 171 the “Prove It First Law” was a much more stringent regulation than Maine’s Chapter 200 rule.

Wolfden Resources is attempting to rezone land between Pickett Mountain Pond and Pleasant Lake to allow sulfide mining for gold, silver, lead, copper, and zinc. Their plan involves using more than a ton of cyanide and 800,000 gallons of water everyday, threatening some of the most important Heritage Brook Trout habitat on the continent! It is the Land Use Planning Commission’s duty to ensure that “the change in districting will have no undue adverse impact on existing uses.”

Join the Friends of Pickett Mountain Pond, Pickett Mountain Rod & Gun Club, CARMA, and other concerned communities to demand that the LUPC deny Wolfden’s rezoning petition! Our waters are more precious than their gold!

FROM THE WOLF'S OWN MOUTH:

First mover advantage and under-explored highly prospective areas

“A new mining law, recently enacted in the Maine legislature in November 2017, provides clarity on the process to permit the mining of metallic minerals in certain situations and with higher commodity prices, interest in high-grade VMS projects like Pickett Mountain has been revived. Due to the lack of more modern exploration, and clarity in the new regulations, Wolfden believes there is significant exploration upside in this jurisdiction for its stakeholders.”

screenshot of Wolfden’s homepage

WOLFDEN_PickettPropertyMapJun2019

Although the proposed Pickett Mountain mine is the site currently in the crosshairs, if we don’t stop them now many other communities are at risk.

Wolfden Resources (Canada) purchased Pickett Mountain, large parcel of land in Patten, near Baxter State Park and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. They recently petitioned the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) to rezone 528 acres from a general management area to a planned development area for the future purpose of creating a large scale, deep mining project.

Currently LUPC is accepting comments from the public regarding Wolfden’s petition to rezone. Express your opposition by writing to [email protected] and visit LUPC for more details via the button below.

Now is the time to raise our collective voice to protect Maine lands from being used and abused for the profit of these transnational corporations. Tell LUPC to reject Wolfdens petition to rezone Pickett Mountain.