A mining company wants the Oregon Water Resources Department to reconsider its decision to deny a permit that would facilitate exploratory drilling near the headwaters of one of the country’s most pristine river systems.
Red Flat Nickel Corporation is seeking permission to withdraw surface water to conduct drilling on its 3,000 acre Cleopatra claim site just north of the Oregon and California border in Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
The project has drawn considerable fire because the potential nickel mine sits near the headwaters of the North Fork Smith River, a stream known for clear water, recreation and providing drinking water for Crescent City, Calif.
The permit was denied in September by OWRD, which determined the water usage would “impair and be detrimental to public interest.”
Read more at the Statesman Journal.