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There are thousands of old mines throughout the Pacific Northwest that have been abandoned for decades, but are still leaching hard metals.
local | Politics | News | OPB News BlogJune 19, 2014 8:17 p.m.
At first, Oregonians had to laugh with the rest of the nation over the many, many jokes made about Cover Oregon’s epic meltdown. But now, a political action committee for the House Republicans has a new campaign that seeks to make some political hay over the failed health care exchange by pointing the finger at state Democrats.
L.J. Turner’s family started ranching more than a century ago in northeastern Wyoming. Turner has also lost access to 6,000 acres where he used to graze his cows. That’s where the mines are today.
One of the largest mercury mines in the Northwest is likely to receive federal Superfund status, according to an announcement Wednesday from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mining once boomed in Mongolia but as commodity prices fell, the economy tanked and companies went bankrupt. Unemployed men are taking over abandoned coal mines to extract what's left. Some have died.
As Oregon and Washington consider proposals to export coal, satellite images show heavy cover of smog over China.
An energy giant recently walked away from a coal export deal on the lower Columbia River. But the pursuit of venues where ships can load up on Asia-bound coal is not over. Could the Port of Vancouver some day trade in coal? It's not out of the question.
Candidates for Morrow County commissioner, state Senate District 29 and county surveyor met with community members Thursday evening at the Port of Morrow to talk jobs, natural resources, coal and budget issues facing the region.
Sarah explores a copper mines in Butte, Montana at the "World Museum of Mining."
The New Orleans duo mines math-rock, frenetic punk and bombastic pop for a euphoric sonic boom.
Grand Island is located about 35 miles southeast of Portland. It's mostly home to a number of farms, but recently caught the attention of the gravel industry. Baker Rock Resources is applying to open a gravel mine on the Yamhill County island. Gravel experts say it's the ideal place for nearby towns like Salem, McMinnville, and Dayton to get the needed resource. Gravel is widely used to make concrete and asphalt, and is difficult to transport long distances due to its weight. But there are strict regulations on where companies can open mines, and Baker Rock is going through that permitting process right now. It is facing opposition from Grand Island farmers. They say it would destroy good farmland and heavily increase commercial truck traffic on the island. The Land Use Board of Appeals has ruled that the site meets the necessary standards, but Protect Grand Island Farms — the group opposed to the mine — is appealing that decision. Either way, Baker Rock must go through a second step before final approval to determine the mine's impact on the community.
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At the turn of the 20th century, the phonograph and the radio exposed the mountain people to new influences, and took mountain music across America. But times were hard, and Appalachia fell into an economic depression even before the rest of the country. President Roosevelt's New Deal was a great boon to the region. After the war, underground mines were mechanized, and miners were laid off. Throughout the 1950's, people flocked to the big cities in search of work. For those who tried to stay home, it became harder to hold on to their land.