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Suction Dredge Mining Ban Advances In Oregon Senate

April 18, 2013 2:09 a.m.

A bill that restricts mining in salmon and trout streams advances in the Oregon Senate. The measure sets a 5-year ban on suction dredge mining -- the practice of sucking up river gravels to look for precious metals.

local | Environment

Suction Dredge Mining Costs Targeted By California Lawmakers

May 20, 2011 6 a.m.

A California legislative panel has proposed action that would extend a ban on suction dredge gold mining for five years. The full legislature has yet to take final action.

Politics | Communities | Water | Environment | Land use | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Gold Miners Face Limits If Lawmakers Don’t Act

March 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. 

Water | Environment

Court Orders Forest Service To Regulate Gold Mining In Salmon Streams

June 1, 2012 11 p.m.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it approved a number of mining operations on the Klamath River in 2004. The ruling applies to salmon streams throughout the West, where suction dredge mining claims will now be harder to work.

Water | Environment

New Law: No More Than 850 Gold-Mining Dredges Allowed in Oregon's Rivers

Aug. 15, 2013 10 p.m.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has signed a bill into law that will limit the number of small gold-mining dredges in Oregon's waterways.

Environment

Oregon Lawmakers Aim To Restrict Mining On Chetco River

June 15, 2010 4:50 p.m.

Members of Oregon's congressional delegation introduced two bills today that would restrict gold mining on the Chetco River in southern Oregon.

Environment

Forest Service Seeks New Mining Restrictions On Chetco River

July 20, 2010 6:59 p.m.

The U.S. Forest Service wants new restrictions on mining on the Chetco River in southwest Oregon and has asked the Bureau of Land Management to place a stretch of the river under temporary protection for two years.

Environment

Group Lists Oregon's Chetco River Among Most Endangered In U.S.

June 2, 2010 9:03 a.m.

A national conservation group has named the Chetco river in southwest Oregon one of the country's 10 most endangered rivers this year.

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Think Out Loud

Mining for Gold and Chromite

June 21, 2010 4 p.m.

With gold prices sky high, environmentalists and others are worried about a potential gold rush in southern Oregon. In fact, members of Oregon's Congressional delegation just introduced bills that would make parts of the Chetko river off limits to suction dredge mining. Dave McCracken runs a gold prospecting association in northern California. He says when California put a moratorium on suction mining last year, it left some of his members looking north to the Rogue river. But he adds that, during a recent trip the Rogue, he didn't see anything he would describe as a rush. Meanwhile, a very different kind of mining operation looks like it's about to get underway near Coos Bay. The Oregon Resources Corporation is poised to become the state's only commercial strip mine — getting chromite, zircon and garnet out of land near the ocean. Though ORC is just one permit away from a green light, some environmentalists and community members remain staunchly opposed.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Orcas, Suction Dredging, And Carbon

March 9, 2015 7:45 p.m.

We'll hear from our EarthFix reporters about the latest efforts to transport oil and gas through the Pacific Northwest, putting a price on carbon, suction dredging, and new orca research.

Technology | Science | NW Life

Mining For Gold In The Rogue River Valley

Feb. 4, 2013 3 p.m.

Kerby Jackson, a modern-day gold miner and historian, explains the history and legacy of gold mining on the Rogue River in Oregon.

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