Lawsuit seeks to stop drilling in sacred Mount Shasta
Monday, October 20, 2003

A lawsuit in federal court seeks to stop drilling in Mount Shasta, considered sacred to several California tribes.

During the Clinton administration, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management denied drilling in one area of Mount Shasta and imposed a five-year moratorium on development in another. But the Bush administration reversed both decisions, allowing Calpine Corporation, the 10th largest energy company in the U.S., to move forward with a geothermal energy plant.

Calpine has suspended work due the lawsuit. The tribes fear destruction of sites used for gathering, and worry the springs in Mount Shasta will be contaminated.

Get the Story:
California energy: Drilling in a sacred site? (The Sacramento Bee 10/19)

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