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Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

A campaign to protect the upper Methow Valley from future mining got a boost last week when Washington’s senators introduced legislation aimed at making the area off-limits to mining development. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), that seeks to protect 340,079 acres of National Forest lands in the upper...
Coalition launches campaign to limit mining in the Methow

Coalition launches campaign to limit mining in the Methow

To fight possible development of a copper mine in Mazama, the newly launched Methow Headwaters Campaign will push for withdrawal of 340,000 acres of national forest land from future mineral exploration and mining. More than 250 Methow Valley residents attended a kick-off event for the anti-mining campaign at the …
Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

As the U.S. Forest Service nears a decision on permitting exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama, the possibility of “full-scale mining” has prompted local business owners to come together in a campaign opposing any future mining.
No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

A decision on the Mazama Copper Project is not expected until near the end of this year at the earliest, a U.S. Forest Service official said this week. The project proposes drilling exploratory holes on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama to determine …
USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

USFS decision on Flagg Mountain copper drilling proposal due in November

Wildfires have once again delayed completion of a U.S. Forest Service environmental study of a proposal to conduct exploratory drilling for copper on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Forest Service staff have been busy dealing with summer wildfires and their aftermath, pushing the anticipated completion of a decision …
Winthrop won’t sell its town water for copper mine exploration work

Winthrop won’t sell its town water for copper mine exploration work

The Winthrop Town Council decided last week that the town won’t agree to supply water from its wells to be used for exploratory drilling at a potential copper mine site near Mazama. In a 3-2 vote, the council declined to approve a state Department of Ecology (DOE) “application for change/transfer of a water right” that would...
Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

The Okanogan County Farm Bureau has expressed concern about proposed exploration for copper by Blue River Resources Ltd. on U.S. Forest Service land in Mazama. In a letter sent recently to Okanogan …
Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper near Mazama is expected by mid-July, according to U.S. Forest Service officials conducting an environmental analysis of the proposal. The proposed drilling project has been studied by the Forest Service for more than a year, …
Exploratory copper drilling speculation ‘overly optimistic,’ USFS says

Exploratory copper drilling speculation ‘overly optimistic,’ USFS says

By Ann McCreary
The Canadian mining company that plans exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land in Mazama said it expects to receive the required permit in the first quarter of 2015, a prediction that is “overly optimistic,” according to a Forest Service official.
Fires delay Flagg Mountain copper explorations proposal

Fires delay Flagg Mountain copper explorations proposal

By Ann McCreary A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama has been delayed by wildfires and floods that have consumed the attention and resources of Methow Valley Ranger District officials. Ranger Michael Liu said in late June that he was waiting for the result of a groundwater analysis to determine...