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Northwest Land Managers Roll Out Mining Limits As Obama Term Nears Conclusion

OPB | Dec. 30, 2016 4:49 p.m. | Portland

As the clock ticks down on the Obama administration, federal land managers released a flurry of rules Friday focused on mining in the Northwest.

News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | Animals

US Considers Mining Limits In West To Save Sage Grouse

AP | Dec. 29, 2016 4:23 p.m.

The options range from banning new mining activity on about 15,000 square miles for up to 20 years to imposing no additional restrictions on mine locations.


The 50-Year Story Of Creating Idaho's New Wilderness Area

IdahoPTV/EarthFix | Dec. 7, 2016 3 p.m.

The Northwest's newest wilderness is rugged, remote, and steeped with history. Explore Outdoor Idaho's story of the Boulder-White Clouds and what it took to give this landscape the gold standard of conservation.

News | Environment | Business | Politics | Land

Cantwell Opposes Mining Near Mount St. Helens

OPB | March 22, 2016 9:56 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell said Monday that she’s concerned about an exploratory mining project that’s proposed on Goat Mountain, just north of the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.  

Environment | Water

Gold Vs. Salmon: Fish Advocates And Miners Face Off In Rural Washington

KCTS 9 | Dec. 21, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Blewett Pass, Washington

Environmental concerns over suction dredge mining have led to restrictions in Idaho, Oregon and California. Is Washington next?

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

Oregon Gold Miners Face Limits If Lawmakers Don’t Act

OPB | March 3, 2015 6:30 p.m. | Cave Junction, Oregon

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. 

Technology | Business | World | Politics | Science | Energy | Think Out Loud

Conflict Minerals: The Human Cost of Consumer Tech

OPB | Jan. 9, 2014 12:30 p.m.

THURSDAY: 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. 

News | Land use

The Columbian: Environmental Group Sues Over Yacolt Quarry

the_columbian | Nov. 20, 2013 2:21 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Friends of the East Fork Lewis River file a lawsuit against the Yacolt Mountain quarry, claiming years of violations of the Clean Water Act.

NW Life | Technology | Science

Mining For Gold In The Rogue River Valley

OPB | Feb. 4, 2013 7 a.m.

A modern-day gold miner and historian explains the history and legacy of gold mining on the Rogue River in Oregon.

Land | Ecotrope

As Exports Take Off, Are Feds Lowballing Coal Leases?

Ecotrope | April 24, 2012 9:48 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey is wondering whether the federal government should be charging coal companies higher prices for leases of publicly owned coal tracts in the Powder River Basin.

Think Out Loud

Dangerous Year at the Lucky Friday Mine

OPB | Dec. 16, 2011 9:30 a.m.

The recent collapse at Lucky Friday Mine in Idaho left seven miners injured in an accident that occurred 6,000 feet underground. It was the third major accident at the mine since April.

Think Out Loud

Gravel Mine on Grand Island

OPB | Oct. 20, 2011 9:20 a.m.

Baker Rock Resources hopes to open a gravel mine on Grand Island — but farmers on the Willamette river island object. 

Sustainability | Ecotrope

For Valentine's Day: Recycled diamonds and a promise not to use gold

Ecotrope | Feb. 11, 2011 8:15 a.m.

Jewelry may add beauty to the world, but it also takes some away. Did you see that this Valentine's Day 54 jewelers have promised not to use gold from the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay?

Water | Ecotrope

Gravel mining company reacts to lawsuit

Ecotrope | Sept. 21, 2010 2:09 p.m.

Two important developments today on the gravel mining lawsuit I reported on yesterday.

Water | Ecotrope

Environmental group sues over gravel mining

Ecotrope | Sept. 20, 2010 11:34 a.m.

The Northwest Environmental Defense Center is suing two federal agencies over a controversial gravel mining proposal for Oregon's Chetco River.

Think Out Loud

Mining for Gold and Chromite

OPB | June 21, 2010 9 a.m.

Do mining operations in Oregon need more regulation?

Think Out Loud

Future of Public Higher Ed

OPB | Sept. 29, 2009 9 a.m.

What should Oregon's public higher education system look like in the future?