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General Notice: Public Comment Forum for Gold Mining Study

CLOSED     Opened on 2/4/2022 and Ended on 10/28/2022

The Department of Energy is interested in receiving public comments relative to the gold mining study contemplated by HB2213.  That bill, signed into law on March 30, 2021, directs the Secretariats of Natural and Historic Resources, Health and Human Resources, and Commerce and Trade to establish a work group to study the mining and processing of gold in the Commonwealth.

The work group shall (i) evaluate the impacts of the mining and processing of gold on public health, safety, and welfare in the Commonwealth; (ii) evaluate whether existing air and water quality regulations are sufficient to protect air and water quality in the Commonwealth from the mining and processing of gold, including evaluation of the impacts of different leaching and tailings management techniques on downstream communities; (iii) evaluate whether existing bonding, reclamation, closure, and long-term monitoring of sites for such mining or processing are sufficient; and (iv) report its findings no later than December 1, 2022.

For more information regarding the study, please click here.

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Comment Title Commenter
Gold Mining Study Retired Professional Engineer  2/26/22  1:00 pm
VA Department of Energy- Gold Mining Study Forum Indira Fayson  3/27/22  2:59 pm
Gold Mining Study Ariq Abdullah  3/28/22  4:43 am
Gold Mining Study LeNora Preston  3/29/22  5:22 pm
Gold mining study Thuta Maung  3/29/22  11:53 pm
Mercury found in Rapidan River Abbie Zuravsky  3/30/22  8:49 pm
Public Comment Regarding HB 2213 Jamie Montoya  4/2/22  1:35 am
In Regards to HB 2213 and the Effects of Gold Mining on the Enviorment Miguel Cuesta  4/2/22  11:02 pm
Incorrect assumptions on small-scale mining Shannon Poe  4/5/22  9:50 am
Placer mining purifies Waters of the state Jason Malcolm  4/5/22  10:08 am
More benefits than risks Jim Kimberlin  4/5/22  10:18 am
Recreational Gold Mining Jim Robert  4/5/22  11:05 am
Small scale mining Kayla Johanson  4/12/22  2:34 am
danger to the public of mining gold Marcia W. Woolman  5/16/22  10:33 am
HB2213 study groups Kenda Hanuman  5/23/22  1:27 pm
No Gold Mining in Buckingham!! Nancy McCaig- Realtor-1st Dominion Realty  5/24/22  9:40 am
Gold Mining HB 2213 Kenda Hanuman, Friends of Buckingham  5/29/22  2:42 pm
Against Gold Mining in Virginia Patricia VonOhlen  6/1/22  2:20 pm
Experts' presentations thanks to the efforts of Friends of Buckingham and Press Pause Coalition Kenda Hanuman  6/5/22  2:38 pm
Oppose gold mining in Virginia Catherine Lukaszewicz  6/5/22  2:40 pm
Concerned about impact of large scale mining on water quality Rogard Ross  6/6/22  5:13 pm
National Academy of Sciences visit and recording of Buckingham, VA listening session May 25 Kenda Hanuman, Friends of Buckingham  6/7/22  3:03 pm
Gold Ming Impact of the James River Zachary Bullock  6/20/22  10:37 am
Impacts of Gold Mining on drinking water sources Glen Besa  6/20/22  10:49 am
This results in unsafe drinking water for my grandparents! Lauren Martin  6/21/22  9:51 am
Gold mining in Virginia Virginia Rovnyak  6/22/22  11:10 am
Mercury? Daphne Cole  7/5/22  10:00 pm
Health and environmental concerns Dr. Prem Anjali  7/9/22  6:59 pm
Potential Impacts of Gold Mining in Virginia Heidi Berthoud, Virginia Community Rights Network & Friends of Buckingham  7/20/22  4:05 pm
Questions & Comments re August 26th SAC mtg. and draft doc Existing State Permitting Processes Katie Whitehead  8/21/22  4:31 pm
sharing materials submitted to NASEM Emily Francis, Southern Environmental Law Center  8/31/22  4:41 pm
Please no gold mining near sensitive watersheds Kendall Dix  9/12/22  10:49 am
No Anne Little  9/12/22  9:36 pm
Virginia should not have large-scale gold mining Jessica Sims  9/13/22  7:27 pm
Against exploration and extraction for gold in the commonwealth. Erica H Bottger  9/17/22  5:56 pm
Thoughts about the gold mine Orla  9/17/22  7:02 pm
No Gold Mining in Virginia Jude Swanson  9/17/22  8:45 pm
gold mining in Virginia Robert K. Egbert  9/17/22  8:57 pm
Gold Mining in Virginia. Ace  9/17/22  11:33 pm
Costs are too great Sheryl Smith  9/18/22  1:47 pm
Gold mining is too destructive: Do not allow Michael L. Bentley  9/18/22  4:08 pm
Industrial Gold Mining in Virginia? Chad Oba - Friends of Buckingham  9/19/22  12:32 pm
Water is Worth More Than Gold! Elizabeth Struthers Malbon  9/20/22  6:27 pm
No Gold Mining in Virginia William Lankford  9/20/22  6:34 pm
What, aside from greed, justifies gold mining in Virginia? Doug Wellman  9/20/22  7:04 pm
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia! Michael Sims  9/20/22  7:12 pm
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia L. Chris Hager, Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice  9/20/22  7:13 pm
Oppose Large-Scale Gold Mining in VA Meg Lessard  9/20/22  7:24 pm
gold mining in Virginia Virginia Barber  9/20/22  7:25 pm
No gold mining Retired  9/20/22  7:32 pm
No large scale gold mining please!! jane f harrington  9/20/22  7:33 pm
No Gold Mining in Virginia! Caitlin Williams  9/20/22  7:48 pm
Gold Mining in Virginia Debra S Abbott  9/20/22  7:51 pm
Industrial gold mining in Virginia Joan Chapman  9/20/22  8:08 pm
No large scale gold mining Rebecca Dameron  9/20/22  8:13 pm
Clean water Alan Harper  9/20/22  8:14 pm
No large scale gold mine in Virginia Russ Hopler  9/20/22  8:44 pm
Large Scale Gold Mining in Virginia Tracey Wright, Private Citizen  9/20/22  9:18 pm
No Gold Mining in Virginia Lynne Oglesby Virginia Master Naturalist in training  9/20/22  9:18 pm
Gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (128904)  9/20/22  9:25 pm
No Gold mining in Virginia Linda in VB  9/20/22  9:36 pm
Mining hurts water and public health ann malone  9/20/22  9:43 pm
Gold Miming In VA Bruce I. Waxman, Self  9/20/22  10:02 pm
Buckingham gold mining Lawrence Tubb  9/20/22  10:02 pm
No gold mining in Virginia! Ellen Valentine  9/20/22  10:41 pm
No Large Scale Gold Mining in Virginia Michael Dunn  9/20/22  11:27 pm
Please no mines! Gail Itschner  9/21/22  8:07 am
No large-scale gold mining Gwyneth Homer  9/21/22  8:16 am
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia! Jeff Kuver  9/21/22  8:35 am
Stop Raping Our Land Julia Caples  9/21/22  8:41 am
Unregulated industry is a threat to life Liberty Powers  9/21/22  8:57 am
No large-scale gold mining Bill Johnson  9/21/22  9:17 am
No mega gold mines in Virginia Kristin Reed  9/21/22  9:39 am
Gold Mining in VA Bob Shippee  9/21/22  10:00 am
Oppose Industrial gold mining in Virginia Stephanie Malady  9/21/22  10:40 am
GOLD MINING AROUND THE JAMES RIVER Gerritt and Elizabeth Baker-Smith  9/21/22  1:20 pm
reject large-scale gold mining in Virginia! Anonymous (128922)  9/21/22  1:49 pm
No thanks to gold mining. Virginia already has too many abandoned mines polluting our streams Anne Nielsen, HMCCreation Care Group  9/21/22  6:22 pm
Gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (128925)  9/21/22  9:16 pm
No To Large Scale Gold Mining Jacob Hackman  9/22/22  10:48 am
PLEASE do not allow large-scale gold mining in VA! Grace Holden  9/22/22  12:39 pm
DO NOT endanger Virginians by allowing big international companies to do damage to the earth Pamela Turner  9/22/22  1:28 pm
Gold mining Susan Ann Miller  9/22/22  2:04 pm
Gold and uranium mines Thomas Gannon  9/22/22  2:23 pm
Protect our land & water Amanda Jennings  9/23/22  7:46 am
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (128941)  9/24/22  12:18 am
No gold mining in Virginia!! Anonymous (128944)  9/24/22  8:37 pm
Timestamps of experts' video presentations Kenda Hanuman Friends of Buckingham  9/25/22  12:04 pm
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia Emily Piontek  9/26/22  2:59 pm
Oppose gold mining in Virginia Beth Kreydatus  9/26/22  3:32 pm
No gold mining: Protect Virginia's health Anonymous (136331)  9/26/22  4:29 pm
Opposed to gold mining in Virginia Amelia Williams  9/26/22  7:13 pm
No to gold mining! Protect our water Cecelia Daubenspeck  9/27/22  12:20 am
Protect Virginia from Gold mining and all industrial environmental threats Janice O'Hara  9/27/22  12:46 am
No study needed, open pit mines = destruction Eric Thomas Ayers  9/27/22  1:08 am
Stop this gold mine and save our earth and our lives! Anonymous (148244)  9/27/22  3:50 pm
Please don’t make things any harder for future generations Annie Ramsay  9/27/22  4:09 pm
Why do we need to destroy more of our environment for a shiny rock?! Haley Mayo  9/27/22  4:37 pm
Stop the mining! Isabelle henderson  9/27/22  4:41 pm
No mining in Virginia Susan Mullins  9/27/22  4:48 pm
no to gold mining debra boyer  9/27/22  6:47 pm
I’ll pay more in taxes to not have the mine. Thomas Walten  9/27/22  6:54 pm
Make Virginia Green Again Logan Thaler  9/27/22  7:50 pm
No official gold mining in our community!!! Anonymous (152277)  9/27/22  10:31 pm
I opose any goldmines in Buckingham county!!! Tammy Moss  9/27/22  10:55 pm
No more mines/ retired nurse Heritage Hall Chapel  9/27/22  11:07 pm
NO more mines/destruction! Haven’t we done enough damage already??? Dawn  9/28/22  3:29 am
Large-scale gold mining should not proceed under current regulations Narissa Turner, Virginia Conservation Network  9/28/22  10:19 am
No gold mining in Buckingham county virginia Will Stewart  9/28/22  12:48 pm
No Gold or Uranium mining in VA Anonymous (163107)  9/28/22  7:41 pm
No gold mining Sushila bales  9/28/22  8:59 pm
No to gold mining. Anonymous (179774)  9/29/22  4:01 am
gold mining Mary Ann Kokenge  9/29/22  6:30 am
Stop large scale gold mining! Genevieve Silverman  9/29/22  7:42 am
We MUST protect Our lands and resources Thomas Rome  9/29/22  10:23 am
No Gold Mining Shanti Norris  9/29/22  12:09 pm
No Gold mining in VA Melissa Johnson  9/29/22  12:35 pm
Extended deadline for comments Kenda Hanuman, Friends of Buckingham  9/29/22  2:17 pm
Gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (181236)  9/29/22  6:16 pm
Silver-tongued Industry Leaves Toxic Aftertaste in Communities Jeff Creed  9/30/22  9:30 am
No gold mining in Virginia, please! Kristin Peckman  9/30/22  3:22 pm
No Gold Mining! Finn P.  9/30/22  6:13 pm
Gold mining and drinking water Anonymous (182684)  9/30/22  6:28 pm
Let’s steer Virginia in a new direction Anonymous (183208)  10/1/22  12:47 pm
No gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (183384)  10/1/22  5:30 pm
No Large scale gold mining in Virginia Sandra Munnell  10/3/22  1:27 pm
We Are Not Brazil Gregg S Early  10/5/22  8:06 am
NO MORE MINES IN VA Andrea Macleay  10/6/22  2:51 am
No Large scale gold mining in Virginia Pamela Jiranek  10/7/22  10:00 am
Draft of the State Agency Workgroup study Kenda Hanuman Friends of Buckingham  10/8/22  8:06 am
Oppose-We don't need more mines S. Young  10/9/22  4:24 pm
Cancellation of SAC meeting Oct. 18 Kenda Hanuman  10/13/22  7:06 pm
Cancelling the Oct meeting Theresa McManus  10/16/22  10:52 am
Local authority to restrict/prohibit gold mining Heidi Dhivya Berthoud Virginia Community Rights Network and Friends of Buc  10/18/22  8:52 am
Prove it First - Do no harm Heidi Berthoud Virginia Community Rights Network Friends of Buckingham  10/18/22  8:56 am
Metal Mining in Buckingham, VA Peter Kapuscinski  10/18/22  9:26 am
November 3 meeting agenda and draft Kenda Hanuman Friends of Buckingham  10/20/22  8:23 am
The consequences of gold mining in Virginia would be catastrophic and irreversible A M Lindemann  10/20/22  5:25 pm
mining in buckingham county and va. marie flowers indipendent  10/23/22  3:09 pm
need for additional SAC meeting and opportunity for public comment Katie Whitehead  10/24/22  5:54 pm
NAS report Potential Impacts of Gold Mining in VA available Nov. 1st Katie Whitehead  10/24/22  6:09 pm
contact for AM Lindemann? Kenda Hanuman, SAC member  10/24/22  9:17 pm
Gold Mining Impacts in SW VA lands Consultant; Environmental Chemistry  10/25/22  11:08 am
Virginia Gold Mining Study Comments Katherine Sorrell, Cultural Heritage Partners  10/26/22  8:56 am
Southern Environmental Law Center's Comments on the Virginia Gold Mining Study Carroll Courtenay, Southern Environmental Law Center  10/26/22  11:03 am
National Academy of Sciences Gold Study report release and webinar Kenda Hanuman, Friends of Buckingham  10/26/22  11:14 am
Large-scale gold and metals mining would only harm Virginia Stacy Lovelace  10/26/22  12:04 pm
Gold Mining In Virginia George M. Neall III  10/26/22  5:29 pm
a Anonymous (203043)  10/27/22  12:04 am
Gold Mining Jeff Staples SavetheDismal.com  10/27/22  11:34 am
industrial scale metallic mining in Buckingham county a bad idea Joseph Anthony  10/27/22  1:15 pm
Gold mining in Virginia Dr. Mary Finley-Brook, Dept of Geog, Envt, & Sust, University of Richmond  10/27/22  3:09 pm
No gold mines in VA Anonymous (203052)  10/27/22  4:47 pm
No large scale gold mining Mariah  10/27/22  7:32 pm
Large Scale Gold Mining Prevention Tess Parker, Sunrise Movement at UNC Asheville  10/27/22  9:09 pm
No Gold Mining in Virginia Jessica Simmons  10/28/22  6:01 am
DO NOT MINE RUIN OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT!!! Eliza  10/28/22  9:20 am
No gold mining in Virginia Anna Clare Fleenor  10/28/22  9:23 am
No large-scale gold mining in Virginia Anonymous (204058)  10/28/22  9:47 am
STRONGLY OPPOSE Anna Bertino  10/28/22  12:37 pm
Large-scale gold mining would be harmful to Virginia's communities and environment Jessica Sims, Appalachian Voices  10/28/22  2:04 pm
Re-mining and reclaiming abandoned gold mines & local zoning ‘ban’ on new gold mining  Heidi Dhivya Berthoud  10/28/22  3:41 pm
Gold Mining will damage water and people's livelihoods Natalie Schaus; University of Richmond Geography, ES, and Sociology student  10/28/22  4:09 pm
Virginia is Not Prepared to Mine Responsibly Marguerite Moore  10/28/22  6:39 pm
No Large Scale Gold Mining in Virginia Chloe Young  10/28/22  8:39 pm
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