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Neighbors against strip mine

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Nancy Ellen Locke and her neighbors have been fighting for three years to stop a proposed strip mine in Coos Bay.

Different scientific studies about the dangers of mining in the area show contradicting views of the danger, and the mine is on track to happen anyway.

An Australian-owned company is one permit away from opening up logged forestland to get at a fortune in chromite, zircon and garnet. Oregon Resources Corp. will truck 700,000 tons of ore a year to a new $44 million plant 18 miles away in Coos Bay.

[Locke] and her neighbors banded together three years ago to fight the mine. They were especially troubled when company tests at the mine site detected traces of hexavalent chromium, a toxic chemical lethal to young fish and known to cause cancer in humans.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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Peter Sherlock
0 #1 Truth SeekerPeter Sherlock 2010-06-15 23:40:28
Accuracy should be an edict for responsible reporting and quality journalism. The facts do not support statements in the article relating to hexavalent chromite etc.,
Statements should be checked as to validity and accuracy, despite any constraint of deadline.
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