mining

B.C. Dam Break
2:54 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

British Columbia Dam Break Could Threaten Northwest Fish

Silty water from the breached Mount Polley Mine dam floods a downstream creek and road Monday.
Credit Cariboo Regional District Emergency Operations Centre

A dam break at a central British Columbia mine could threaten salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

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Idaho Silver Mining
7:21 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Idaho Silver Feels The Slip In Metals Prices

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 5:34 pm

The decreasing price of gold has gotten a lot of attention among investors in recent weeks. The price of silver has received fewer headlines, but it's also dropped. That price has real economic impact in north Idaho, which has one of the richest silver deposits in the country.

There's not much wiggle room when silver drops down to $22 an ounce. That's only a little more than it costs the Galena Mine near Kellogg, Idaho, to get the silver out of the ground. Owner U.S. Silver has placed a hiring freeze on the mine and plans to cut costs by $1 million this year.

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Dredge Mining
6:33 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Controversial Dredge Mining Ban Advances in Oregon Senate

A couple uses a dredge mine to search for gold on the Illinois River in Southern Oregon.
Credit Amelia Templeton / EarthFix

A bill that restricts motorized mining in salmon and trout streams advanced in the Oregon Senate Wednesday evening. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports.

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Lucky Friday Mine
4:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Idaho Mining Family Sues Company For Deadly Cave-In

Hayley Marek

Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 3:34 pm

The family of a silver miner killed in north Idaho has filed a lawsuit against the Hecla Mining Company. The suit claims the mine managers’ attempt to extract more silver caused the cave-in that killed Larry Marek exactly two years ago Monday.

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Northwest News
6:52 am
Fri April 5, 2013

EPA Requiring Dredge Mining Permits in Idaho

Anyone who wants to mine gold in Idaho streams with a suction dredge will need to get a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Silver Mining Company
5:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Mines Leaves Namesake Idaho Home

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 4:45 pm

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – Idaho is losing one of its oldest silver mining companies to Chicago. The Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation announced Wednesday it plans to move to the Windy City by the end of September.

The company employs 65 people at its headquarters in Coeur d'Alene in north Idaho. But the firm known as "Coeur" hasn't had any holdings in the state since 2006.

Company spokeswoman Stefany Bales says Coeur managers need easier access to properties in Mexico, Bolivia and Australia.

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Idaho Mining Permits
6:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period

Idaho lawmakers listening to mining industry leaders talk about the economic impact of mining. More than half of Idaho is federally managed.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried.

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Mining Reforms
5:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Audit Pushed To Rekindle Mining Act Reforms

Companies that mine copper and other hard rock minerals don’t have to report what they extract or pay royalties.
Credit Eric Guinther / Wikimedia Commons

A report released today indicates the United States Government has no idea exactly how much gold, silver and copper is being dug up from public lands. Lawmakers say it’s one more reason to overhaul a mining law from the 1800s.

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Legacy Mine Cleanup
6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Cleaning Up Legacy Mines, One at a Time

The Pacific Northwest is scattered with thousands of abandoned mines. Most have been abandoned for more than 50 years. But hard metals are still leaching out from some sites. Things like arsenic and lead. The U.S. Forest Service is working to clean up these mines. One-by-one. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt visited one of Washington’s abandoned mining cities.

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Gold Dredging
6:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Mining Gold In The Northwest Causes Conflict

A floating suction dredge. The rocks and left over dirt are sent out the back end.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A recreational gold miner in Idaho now has the exclusive right to mine for gold on a stretch of the Salmon River. But the lease process approved by the Idaho Land Board this week raised some questions about the process he will use to get the gold. Aaron Kunz with EarthFix explains.

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