Stop Reopening of Gold Mine

Vulture Gold Mine

Target: Tim Callaway

Goal: Stop reopening of gold mine that will be detrimental to the surrounding environment

In San Juan Ridge, California, gold miner Tim Callaway is considering reopening the city’s gold mine. It is estimated that about as much as 240,000 ounces of gold lie underground, but he is facing fierce opposition by nearby landowners who believe that reopening the mine would destroy the ecology of the land. Tell Callaway to stop destroying this precious environment, as other beings such as bears, wolves, and birds depend on it to survive.

The San Juan Ridge, about sixty miles north of Sacramento, is known for its rich resource of gold, but this area has not been mined in for decades. This is because of the boisterous and outspoken voices of its residents, many of whom strictly oppose mining in the area. Companies who want to dig underground for gold and other metals have to challenge these residents, and surprisingly the residents have kept the companies away. Currently, there are over 3,000 residents living in the San Juan Ridge, many of whom are farmers and organic artisans who do believe that a human life is not worth more than any other wildlife. They believe that the mining operations, which will require more than just dynamite to break through the earth, will drastically hurt the wildlife and ecosystem of the area. The residents have every right to be concerned.

Tim Callaway’s mine was barely in operation before it closed down in 1997. He told residents that instead of using cyanide to extract the gold, his workers would use water and gravity. However, when miners struck a vertical vault, water burst through, draining dozens of nearby wells, including one at a high school. Hit with this disaster and a drop in the value of gold, Callaway was forced to close his mine. Now that gold prices are hitting record highs, Callaway wants to try again. Tell this business man to stop endangering the environment and its people with this operation that could drastically alter the ecosystem.


Dear Tim Callaway,

Recently, you’ve expressed interest in reopening a gold mine in the San Juan Ridge in California. Residents of the area vehemently oppose this opposition and I have to concur. They are concerned that this project will drain the water needed to survive the state’s drought, and that it will also drastically change the environment. The sounds of mining will no doubt startle the wildlife, and there is no telling if another accident will drain the nearby wells of its water.

I urge you to listen to the residents of this area. Many of these people respect the land and want it to be untouched. The animals no doubt feel the same way. It is ridiculous to tear up the land and ruin the lives of humans and animals to get at precious metals.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Nancy J. Price via Wikimedia Commons

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