Black Hills Residents Oppose Canadian Company’s Gold Search

ROCHFORD, S.D. (AP) – Some private landowners are opposing a Canadian company’s search for gold in a remote area of South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest.

Mineral Mountain Resources has submitted an operating plan to the forest for more than 20 drilling sites on federal land a couple miles south of Rochford. Another dozen sites will be drilled on nearby private land, where the company already has a permit from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Landowners near the proposed sites are asking the U.S. Forest Service to reject the project. But a Forest Service geologist says that’s not possible because of a mining law.

The geologist says it’ll take months for the Forest Service to fully analyze the company’s operation plan and the public’s comments.

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