The US Fish and Wildlife Service has prevented exploratory mine drilling in the Coronado National Forest after receiving additional information about the yellow-billed cockatoo that inhabits the region. According to Cronkite News, the agency extended protected status to the bird October of last year one month after they approved Regal Resources to begin exploration for copper in an area of the Coronado National Forest.
Area environmentalists including the group Defenders of Wildlife opposed the mine but were happy about US Fish and Wildlife’s decision. Green Groups initially sued alleging not only would local species be negatively affected but the mine would affect local drinking water. Environmentalists also alleged that permits issued for the mine violated environmental laws. The Coronado Forest is also home to a number of other endangered species such as the Mexican Spotted Owl.
Cronkite News reports that:
The Sunnyside project called for drilling six bore holes in a 5,100-square-foot area in a search for copper, according to the original September decision granting approval. Regal Resources said on its website that the overall project area covers about 5,900 acres of national forest land in Santa Cruz County about 15 miles northeast of Nogales.
The glee expressed by environmentalists is not their appreciation for local wildlife being spared the possibility of being negatively affected or driven to extinction. Rather it is grounded in the hatred of civilization by sacrificing it for the savagery of nature. Groups like Defenders of Wildlife are the enemy of mankind and their ardent defense of nature over all forms of industrialization is geared to usher in a new Dark Ages by sacrificing human beings on the altar of Gaia.