Time-sensitive Issues

Jacumba

Lest we Forget....

The Desert Report has carried a number of articles about the wall at the Mexican Border and about water emergencies in Imperial County. Two of these were written by James Cordora who organized water drops in the isolated parts of the desert. The story referenced here is about James and his partner. Again it is about the dangers of heat in the desert and about humanitarian aid to save lives of immigrants. (Posted 5/15)

Conglomerate Mesa in the News Once Again

On March 21, 2022, K2 Gold, a Canadian mining company, announced that it was suspending its gold mining project on Conglomerate Mesa. For several years K2 has accessed the area by helicopter and has been drilling prospect cores to assess the value of the ore. More recently, it sought permission to construct a road into the area and to expand their explorations to over forty drill holes. Before granting permission, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) required that a lengthy Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be prepared. The appearance was that the probability of economic success was not sufficient for K2 Gold to justify the cost of the EIS and that was responsible for their withdrawal.

However, on May 14, K2 Gold informed the Ridgecrest BLM office that it has REVERSED ITS DECISION and intends to resubmit its mining proposal and will pursue an EIS. The future of Conglomerate Mesa remains in limbo.....

Conglomerate Mesa is entirely roadless, has a rich variety of flora, and is sacred ground for several Native American Tribes. These Tribes, local residents in the nearby Owens Valley, and a number of environmental organizations have long argued that Conglomerate Mesa deserved the same legislative protection that is given to the neighboring Malpais Mesa and Inyo Mountains Wilderness Areas. While Conglomerate Mesa does have some level of protection under BLM protocol, these latter designations are administration and can be overridden by the 1872 Mining Act and NAFTA treaty obligations.  (Posted 5-15)