Trump Administration Agrees to Keep Hands Off SW Oregon Mining Ban

Congressman Rob Bishop’s attempt to get the Trump Administration to reverse an Obama-era ban on mining in southwest Oregon has failed.

Nickel mines proposed in recent years around creeks and rivers near the Kalmiopsis Wilderness ran into stiff local opposition. At the urging of Congressman Peter DeFazio and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, the Obama Administration placed 100,000 acres off-limits to mining for 20 years.

This week, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue wrote to the lawmakers, assuring them he has no plans to re-open the issue.

LINK (via: Jefferson Public Radio)

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