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Tobias Read on Environment

 

 


Voted YES on prohibiting motorized mining in riverbeds

SB 838: Prohibits Motorized Mining:
    The Legislative Assembly finds that:
  1. Prospecting, small scale mining and recreational mining are part of the unique heritage of Oregon
  2. Prospecting & small scale mining provide economic benefits to Oregon and local communities and support tourism, small businesses and recreational opportunities
  3. Exploration of potential mine sites is necessary to discover the minerals that underlie the surface and inherently involves natural resource disturbance
  4. Mining that uses motorized equipment in the beds and banks of rivers can pose significant risks to Oregon's natural resources and water quality
A moratorium is imposed until 2021 on mining that uses any form of motorized equipment for the purpose of extracting precious metals from the beds or banks of the waters of this state.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 17-13-0 on July 3; Passed House 33-27-0 on July 7; State Rep. Read voted YES; Gov. John Kitzhaber signed on Aug. 14, 2013

Source: Oregon legislative voting records: SB 838 , Jul 7, 2013

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