Critics question water, access at disputed NV mine

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RENO, Nev.—Access to a mountain some tribal members consider hallowed ground and the impact on water resources was the focus of testimony Thursday as a hearing continued to determine whether a massive gold mine project in northeast Nevada should be allowed to proceed.Some Western Shoshone and the environmental group Great Basin Resource Watch are seeking a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court to halt at least part of Barrick Gold Corp.’s 6,700-acre Cortez Hills Project on Mount Tenabo 250 miles east of Reno.

They argue the mountain holds cultural and religious significance to the Western Shoshone people—a claim disputed by other Western Shoshone and some experts. They also say environmental studies used by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in approving the project were flawed.


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