mining

Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Suction Dredging Targeted For Oregon Ban

A suction dredge at work.
Credit KIamath Riverkeeper

Get ready for a big debate over suction-dredge mining in the next session of the Oregon legislature. 

Gold miners are fond of using suction dredges in streams; conservation groups, working to protect water quality and fish, do not like them. 

And a task force recommends banning suction dredging on key streams in Western Oregon, including the Rogue River. 

Rogue Riverkeeper Program Director Forrest English helped write the task force report. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cleaning Up Behind The Mine

Agriculture and aggregate operations coexist near Corvallis.
Credit DOGAMI

It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined. 

Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining. 

Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:40 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Going For The Gold: The "New 49ers"

Credit goldgold.com

The first mention of "The New 49ers" came in a discussion of water quality on a recent Exchange. 

Like the 49ers of old, they are in search of gold in the region's rivers. 

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