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TS Radio Network: Whistleblowers! Abandoned Mines

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Join us this evening as Debbie Coffey and Carol Walker, both wild horse advocates, document the wholesale obliteration of America's wild horses.  The claim by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Forestry service that the wild horses need to be eradicated,saying that they are destructive, is in stark contrast to the issue of abandoned mines. 

In Oct. 2019 – William Perry Pendley, who is exercising the authority of the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, told the Society of Environmental Journalists in a meeting in Colorado that wild horses were the biggest problem facing federal public lands in the West.

However, the BLM has estimated that there are about 500,000 abandoned mines in our nation.

The Government Accountability Office (the GAO) stated that in just the 13 Western states, the inventory puts abandoned mine estimates at 620,000.

As of January, 2017, lands administered by the BLM contained 52,381 abandoned mine sites, of which 80 percent require further investigation and/or remediation.

The USDA Forest Service, has approximately 38,991 total abandoned mine sites

So what is the real problem?  Wild horses? Or abandoned mines that pollute water resources among other things.

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