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6 Oct 2011

Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Tribe battles BLM over Nev. gold mine in US court

Lawyers for environmentalists and several Nevada tribes urged a federal judge...to keep in place restrictions from a 2009 court order that blocks the expansion of a gold mine at the base of a mountain that some Western Shoshone consider sacred...Lawyers for Barrick Gold, as well as Justice Department attorneys representing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management [BLM], asked Judge Larry Hicks...to lift a partial injunction and clear the way for the digging of the 2,000-foot pit. The BLM has corrected deficiencies in its formal analysis of potential environmental impacts, the attorneys told Hicks...But lawyers for the tribes and the Reno-based Great Basin Resource Watch said the mining plans offer no specific protections for the environment, only a detailed schedule of monitoring intended to detect any potential pollution on groundwater supplies...[A] lawyer for Barrick...accused the opponents of trying to stall the project to death.