Lewiston Tribune: Suit Against Gold-Mine Exploration Dropped


The Nez Perce Tribe and the Idaho Conservation League have dropped a lawsuit against three federal agencies after the U.S. Forest Service rescinded a central Idaho gold mining exploration permit.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that the Payette National Forest revoked the permit last month, saving the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service a lawsuit.

The three-year permit would have allowed Midas Gold Corporation of Vancouver, British Columbia, to drill 178 exploratory holes in an area east of McCall, at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River.

Forest officials said that additional environmental analysis of the company's plans are needed, as well as a careful look at potential environmental effects from the project.

The company told the Tribune that it still plans to establish a mine on private land.