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.
to Wolfden's proposed Pickett Mountain mine
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
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.