Stop Gold Miner from Ruining Fragile Land


Target: Mayor Terri Andersen of Nevada City, California

Goal: Prohibit gold miner Tim Callaway from mining San Juan Ridge, which will most likely destroy the delicate estate

Tim Callaway is a Nevada City, California resident and long time gold miner in the scenic San Juan Ridge area. His last expedition—an underground drilling effort to retrieve buried gold from below—resulted in massive shortages after the water from nearby wells accidentally flooded the mining area. Now in this time of severe drought, Mr. Callaway has proposed another attempt that could compromise the water supply yet again.

Callaway refers to himself as a “steward of the land,” but his repeated attempts to exploit it for financial gain are painfully obvious. This time around, he has suggested a horizontal drilling technique that would seemingly bypass a similar catastrophe. But even if this new approach were to prove successful, daily mining tasks would still require millions of gallons of water in a time when the resource is at a record low. Regardless of how much gold is retrieved, no amount of money can restore the dwindling water supply in California.

Fortunately, the San Juan Ridge Taxpayers’ Association has voiced their disapproval of Mr. Callaway’s recent request. Their voices and the voices of local conservationists have played an instrumental role in complicating Mr. Callaway’s route to consent. Public hearings and official word from Nevada City county officials is expected later in 2014. Now is the time for activists everywhere to express their disdain of such greedy endeavors and truly stand up for the environment.

Sign the following petition to demand that Nevada City’s mayor reject Mr. Callaway’s dangerous gold mining efforts. California’s delicate land and fleeting resources should be preserved, not wasted.


Dear Mayor Andersen,

Many Nevada City residents have agreed that gold mining is not in the best interest of the public or the environment. Tim Callaway, a long time gold miner of the San Juan Ridge area, has recently applied for mining approval and could severely damage the land if given consent. Geological experts have previously described mining as unpredictable and “treacherous,” but perhaps the most hazardous risk is the destruction to nature.

Mr. Callaway’s last attempt at mining resulted in an unexpected accident that caused massive water shortages in the surrounding area. The underground drilling inadvertently released local well water into the mine, effectively depleting the town’s supply. Now Mr. Callaway has proposed a horizontal drilling technique that would supposedly bypass this disaster, but the operations would still require millions of gallons of siphoned water. In a time of heavy drought, exhausting water to dig for gold should be California’s last priority.

I encourage you and your colleagues at city council to deny Mr. Callaway’s application for mining approval. Please, place the environment above profit and save San Juan Ridge from further damage.


[Your Name Here]

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