This is not posted to advocate either side of the issue, but posted for those who may be interested in an opportunity to watch the process unfold and the impacts. Bonnie Claire is a playa in the Death Valley area outside the National Park. It is noted because it also has moving rocks similar to the Racetrack. A mining company is beginning permitted lithium mining operations -
Bonnie Claire playa is here - 37°10.047'N 117°9.654'W
The only current large scale lithium operation is in Nevada at Silver Peak. We visited the area several years ago to see it for ourselves. Silver Peak is here -
These are coordinates you can copy and paste into Google Earth.