Squaw Valley/Spanish Ranch

Squaw Valley/Spanish Ranch

Current Status:

Date Filed:
Mar 1, 2006

Case Title:
Western Watersheds Project v. Bureau of Land Management and Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc

Staff attorney(s):
Todd Tucci


Western Watersheds Project

To Protect:

Greater Sage-Grouse

Date won/settled:
November 10, 2004


Case Information:

This administrative appeal before the Office of Hearings and Appeals in the Department of Interior challenged BLM’s authorization of grazing on the Squaw Valley and Spanish Ranch allotments of northern Nevada, where Barrick Goldstrike — a major gold mining company — has purchased several ranches and is running livestock on them.

Following an evidentiary hearing, the Administrative Law Judge agreed with us that BLM violated NEPA in not studying the harmful impacts of livestock grazing on sensitive wildlife species, water, and other resources; and issued an injunction barring Barrick from grazing the public lands.

Under subsequent agreement, Barrick has continued to “rest” the public lands, while carrying out limited livestock grazing on its private lands that are already badly degraded.

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