“PORTOLA MINE IS DEAD”: Hat Creek Sells 713 Acre Site to Community Group

The following e-mail was sent out yesterday evening from the Stop Portola Mine group. This is incredible news. Hat Creek knew they were facing an uphill battle, with local opposition coming from all quarters and air quality regulators breathing down their neck. We can now plan to enjoy, protect and plan for the future of Portola’s greenbelt without a horrific industrial site threatening the Feather River and local inhabitants.
The ten-ton gorilla in the room was recreation, and the growing realization that the economy and environment would be better served by open space rather than a mine that would have destroyed much of the recreation-based economy in the area.
Thanks to everyone who worked to make this welcome development a reality. – FRA!


TLT Enterprises LLC/ Hat Creek Construction has sold the 713 acre site of the proposed Portola Aggregates Mine to Plumas Sierra Partners, LLC, effective May 6, 2021. Since December 2020 StopPortolaMine, with your help, has engaged in a major effort to stop the proposed  Portola Aggregates Mine slated to be built at 77413 Meadow Way in Portola.  The StopPortolaMine team, the 1400 supporters of StopPortolaMine, community organizations and Plumas Sierra Partners, LLC has Saved Eastern Plumas County.
Plumas Sierra Partners is exploring uses for the property that are environmentally compatible with the property location, beneficial to the community, and consistent with the rural agricultural nature of the greater Portola area. Let’s hear your ideas on alternative land uses for these beautiful 713 acres.
StopPortolaMine is switching gears from stopping the mine to working with Plumas Sierra Partners to develop this land into an asset to Portola and the whole Eastern Plumas County. We will set up teams to research and develop land use plans. 
Our heartfelt thanks to you for the very hard work you did.
Warren and Valari Simison

Eastern Plumas Health Care Board Votes Unanimously to Oppose Portola Mine!

Today- March 25th, 2021, the Eastern Plumas Health Care (EPHC) Board of Directors voted unanimously to send a strong letter to Plumas County opposing the Portola Industrial Mine and Asphalt Plant proposed for Portola. The hospital is only about a mile from the mine site and would be severely impacted. Thanks to all those who attended virtually and spoke out. Community support made a difference!  You can thank the board for their strong action by sending an e-mail to jessica.folchi@ephc.org.

April 2, 2021 Update:

EPHC Hospital released this letter to Plumas County today, strongly and unanimously opposing the proposed aggregate mine in Portola.

The board stated in the letter:

“At this time, the physical, mental, and emotional health of our patients, our staff, and our community is under threat by the proposed Hat Creek Project…A significant decrease in property taxes could threaten the viability of our hospital….”

click on the link below for the pdf file of the full letter:

Letter to Plumas County Planning Director

The “Sand Wars” Have Come to Town

This film documents the global ecological impact of the sand and aggregate industries, and how animals, plants, beaches, rivers and livelihoods are put at risk by the extraction of this diminishing resource. Includes examples of how communities are organizing themselves to stop destructive sand extraction projects. This film makes it clear that the Portola, CA Sand Mine is but one battle in a global conflict. Highly recommended!