I strongly oppose gold mining in Virginia. The risks of permanent damage to our environment far outweigh any potential benefits. Gold mining entails harmful chemicals & leaves behind toxic tailings that will be held in retention ponds & will be a long-term hazard to clean water in an area with high rainfall & potential for flooding. The potential long-term harm to drinking water sources is too large to offset the potential profits to industry. People & clean water should take priority in this decision.