ROCHFORD, S.D. (AP) — Some private landowners are opposing a Canadian company's search for gold in a remote area of South Dakota's Black Hills National Forest.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Mineral Mountain Resources has submitted an operating plan to the forest for more than 20 drilling sites on federal land a couple miles south of Rochford. Another dozen sites will be drilled on nearby private land, where the company already has a permit from the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Landowners near the proposed sites are asking the U.S. Forest Service to reject the project. But a Forest Service geologist says that's not possible because of a mining law.

The geologist says it'll take months for the Forest Service to fully analyze the company's operation plan and the public's comments.

Information from: Rapid City Journal

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