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Legislation that regulates mining was originally signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. Now, a Northwest politician says that law should be updated to deal with modern cleanup costs.
local | Transportation | NewsAug. 22, 2013 8:10 p.m.
A global mining giant is planning to spend $2.6 billion over the next several years on work at its Jansen mine in Canada's Saskatchewan province.
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed a bill into law that will limit the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's waterways.
The long-time head of Oregon's Department of Geology And Mineral Industries, Vicki McConnell, is leaving at the end of February.
Communities | Politics | Water | Land use | Fish & Wildlife | EnvironmentMarch 4, 2015 2:30 a.m.
The Washington and Oregon legislatures are considering limits on suction dredge mining -- a technique that uses large floating vacuums to suck up rocky streambeds and sift out precious metals.
Science | Energy | Politics | World | Business | Technology | Think Out LoudJan. 9, 2014 8:30 p.m.
While the ubiquity of smart technology has led to greater awareness of human rights issues worldwide, obtaining the metals used in these devices often comes with a terrible human cost.
Now that farmers market season is in full swing, you're probably wondering what’s new and in season. But before you fill a basket with only spring classics like strawberries and rhubarb, consider trying miner's lettuce and flowering broccoli.
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.