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February 19, 2021

Nevada rancher sues to block lithium mine near Oregon line

  • The mine would provide 1,000 jobs during construction and 300 once completed, generating $75 million in state and local tax revenue over a decade.
    Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. — A longtime Nevada rancher is suing U.S. regulators over the approval of a lithium mine on federal rangeland he says would violate environmental laws and undermine changes he has made in his own livestock grazing practices to help threatened fish and wildlife.

    Edward Bartell and Bartell Ranch LLC say the Bureau of Land Management relied “entirely upon flawed and error-laden findings” in environmental assessments prepared by the mine's own contractor.

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