Tribes and Environmentalists Appeal Lithium Mine Construction

President’s administration pursues domestic lithium for electric vehicle production.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard arguments from environmentalists and tribal communities opposing the construction of a lithium mine in Nevada. They claim the plans are not in compliance with federal law.

In March, a district judge in Reno concluded that the Bureau of Land Management violated the law by approving parts of the plan for the mine that threatened local flora and fauna. However, the judge approved the mine to begin construction, leading plaintiffs to submit this appeal requesting the court revoke the approval.

The president’s administration, as part of the clean energy agenda, has pursued the production of lithium due to its importance in the manufacture of electric vehicles. It is estimated that the Thacker Pass mine would supply enough lithium to manufacture 1.5 million electric vehicles per year for 40 years.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the judges of the 9th Circuit Court as they hear the appeal of the lithium mine construction.
  • For the president and his energy advisors as they pursue alternative energy policies.
  • For discernment for those who seek to conserve natural resources and habitats.

Sources: AP, Bloomberg Law


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