Public comment on proposed exploration drilling in the Black Hills
RAPID CITY, SD — On Tuesday night, Rapid City was presented with the EPA’s Aquarius Award for the East Side water system expansion project. Several residents told the common council they want the city to continue its good works and oppose the proposed exploration drilling of Jenny Gulch.
A company called F3 Gold, LLC wants to drill in up to 42 locations in search of valuable minerals such as gold, and could range from 500 to 6,000 feet in depth. Rapid City’s watershed is directly above Pactola reservoir and is the primary source of municipal drinking water. Opponents note that the watershed also supplies Ellsworth Air Force Base, making the drilling project a national security issue.
Residents are asking Rapid City leaders to submit a comment against F3 Gold to the Forest Service prior to a February 5th deadline.