Friday, November 13, 2009

Oregon Congressional Delegation Takes on Mining

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden and Congressman Peter DeFazio want more protection against mining in Southern Oregon's Siskyou Wild Rivers Area. They joined Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski in calling for a complete ban on mining in the federally protected lands. Nicore Mine could potentially threaten the health of both Rough and Ready Creek as well as the Chetco River two of Southern Oregons most productive salmon streams. Mining is extremely destructive, particularly suction dredge mining which was recently banned in California. Since 2001 880 mining claims have been made in the Wild Rivers Area, threatening to degrade rivers that would otherwise be afforded a high degree of protection. See more information in the Oregonian.

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