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AFTERWORD for “The Bone Trail” by Nell Walton

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Debbie Coffey     Copyright  2011         All Rights Reserved.

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“If indeed the pumping is draining the bedrock in the Cortez mountains, that means many springs and creeks are at risk and that their computer model was fatally flawed.  Of course this would be inconvenient information for Cortez so it is no surprise that they aren’t looking for the answers.” 

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Mount Tenabo, is a sacred mountain for the Western Shoshone people.  It is located within the territory of the Western Shoshone Nation in Nevada, about  20 miles south and a little west of the city of Crescent Valley, NV. 

The Shoshone consider Mount Tenabo a source of power and life, and it is central in their stories of creation and world renewal.  The Shoshone use the top of the mountain for prayer and meditation, and they gather medicinal and food plants from the mountain.  These plants also feed the wildlife.  

In June, 2010, the Te-Moak tribe of the Shoshone, along with co-plaintiffs the Western Shoshone Defense Project (WSDP) and Great Basin Mine Watch, lost a legal battle that was waged for several years to stop the Department of Barrick Gold Mines

Interior, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and Barrick Gold (a Canadian mining company based in Toronto) from expanding Barrick’s Cortez Gold Mine at Mount Tenabo.   More

THE MINING OF OUR AQUIFERS

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By Debbie Coffey       Copyright 2010   All Rights Reserved.

“Meanwhile, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management is rounding up our wild horses with a vengeance because there’s “not enough water for them to drink.”  (A horse only drinks about 10-15 gallons of water a day.)  It seems that DOI Secretary Ken Salazar has spent all of his time envisioning the “new direction” with his Wild Horse and Burro Initiative, which will take our wild horses off their federally protected lands and use taxpayer money to put them on preserves.”

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Just one mine in Nevada (Barrick Gold’s Goldstrike Mine) has pumped over 383 BILLION gallons of water from an aquifer.  (and that was a 2005 statistic, so it’s much more than that by now)  According to a New York Times article by Kirk Johnson, nearly 10 million gallons of water a day is draining away from the driest state in the nation. More

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