Neighbors against strip mine

A planned strip mine in Coos Bay concerns locals, who worry about poisoning and pollution of local water sources.

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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.


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