Malheur County targeted for gold, uranium mines
ONTARIO — SprawlingMalheur County could soon be in the spotlight as a mining hub — or a battleground ofuranium and gold mining interests vs. environmentalists trying to protect its lonesome sagebrush landscape.Australian-owned Oregon Energy LLC hopes to mine 18 million pounds of yellowcake uranium from the southeastern Oregon high desert 10 miles west of McDermitt near the Oregon-Nevada boundary. The go-ahead to mine the so-called Aurora uranium deposit could bring up to 250 construction jobs to the county, followed by 150 mining jobs.
Meanwhile, Calico Resources USA Corp., a subsidiary of a Vancouver, B.C., company, may seek permits this month to chemically extract microscopic gold from a high desert butte south of Vale called Grassy Mountain, a project likely to create another 100 jobs.
The proposals will be the first real test of the 1991 chemical processing mining law passed by the Legislature in response to a debate over mining’s future in Oregon, said environmentalist Larry Tuttle. The law ushered in tough new bonding requirements to weed out marginal operators and guarantee environmental cleanup.Approval of the Grassy Mountain project could trigger a deluge of new chemical mining in Malheur County. Up to a dozen gold deposits similar to Grassy Mountain dot the high desert between the Snake River town of Huntington and Jordan Valley.
The county, sparsely populated with only 31,313 people, could use new jobs, said County Commissioner Dan Joyce. Its unemployment rate in November was 10.3 percent, compared with 9.1 percent for Oregon and 8.6 percent for the nation.
Mining companies have passed up the county in the past because of Oregon’s environmentally conscious reputation, Joyce said. But this time, the sluggish local and state economies, higher mineral prices and technological advances in mining and cleanup could open a door to mining, he said.
“I’m thinking people are a lot hungrier now than they were,” Joyce said.
Uranium mine plan
Oregon Energy’s proposal calls for extracting ore from a mile-long, 600-foot wide, 250-foot deep open pit 10 miles west of McDermitt and 3 miles north of the Oregon-Nevada border. The mine, adjoining the former Bretz Mercury Mine, a contaminated open-pit site from the 1960s, would cost $200 million to develop and uranium extraction could continue for up to 20 years, said Oregon Energy President Lachlan Reynolds.
Plans call for the ore to be crushed and mixed with an acid solution in enclosed vats to leach out the uranium, he said. The acid would bond with the uranium and when dry become a sand-like powder called uranium oxide concentrate, or yellowcake. Yellowcake would bring $52 per pound and could fuel nuclear reactors or be processed into weapons.
Tuttle, spokesman for the Portland-based Center for Environmental Equity, foresees environmental problems.
The likelihood of sulfuric acid being used in processing the ore means it could remain in the mine tailings after milling, he said. The snag is that sulfuric acid tends to continuously leach out heavy metals that occur naturally in waste rock and tailings, contaminating ground water.
“Just because you are through with the processing, years later you still have the issue with that interaction,” he said.
But probably the biggest environmental hurdle for the Aurora mine would be the release of mercury, Tuttle said. “The whole Owyhee Reservoir has been affected by naturally occurring background mercury,” and uranium mining could release more, he said.
Gold mine proposal
Environmental considerations first thrust Grassy Mountain into the consciousness of Oregonians in the late 1980s and early ’90s when Newmont Gold Co. proposed introducing Nevada-style open-pit cyanide heap-leach gold mining there.
Low gold prices ultimately prompted Newmont to write off its $33.8 million investment and abandon plans to mine Grassy Mountain in 1995, but only after the site came to symbolize the conflict between economic development and environmental activism in eastern Oregon.
Calico Resources would take a dramatically different approach, said Andrew Bentz of Ontario, spokesman for Calico. The company proposes to sink an 850-foot underground shaft or tunnel to remove 1,000 tons of ore per day from Grassy Mountain, he said.
The operation expects to remove at least 425,000 ounces of gold from the mountain. The company’s investment and exploration costs probably will total $100 million before mining begins, said Calico project manager Andy Gaudielle.
Mineral-bearing rock would be milled for microscopic gold in a closed chemical process that wouldn’t include the bird-attracting open settling ponds of diluted cyanide that worried Newmont’s opponents, said Bentz, a retired Malheur County sheriff.
Mining and reclamation of Grassy Mountain would take about 12 years, unless new gold discoveries are made, he said.
Bentz believes Calico won’t face the level of environmental opposition that attended Newmont’s proposal.
Reynolds, the Oregon Energy chief, said mining companies no longer can operate in ways that caused the environmental problems of the past. Improvements in mining technology result in more efficient and environmentally responsible operations, he said.”We will have to post substantial financial bonds to ensure that there is full reclamation of the site to an approved plan when mining ends,” Reynolds said.
Only 5 percent of the nation’s domestic-use uranium is produced within U.S. borders, although the United States takes more than 20 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants, Reynolds said.
The most likely buyer of Aurora uranium would be a U.S. electricity utility, he said. He estimated the mine could become the source of up to 30 percent of uranium produced in the U.S.
Public hearings will be held after the companies apply for permits to begin mining, said state geologist Vicki McConnell of Portland.
Sixty-one acres of Grassy Mountain is patented, private mining land, but substantial portions of both sites are on federal land administered by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Both sites are remnant volcanic regions where geothermal and hydrothermal activity has pulled heavy metals and other substances close to the surface, McConnell said.
Calico hopes to begin taking gold from Grassy Mountain in five years, but the regulatory pathway is likely to be longer for the Aurora mine because uranium is involved.
In addition to the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council, the U.S. Department of Energy and the federal Environmental Protection Agency must review the uranium mine.
BLM permits will be required for tailing piles and the use of desert roads for both the uranium and gold mining.
Oregon has a process in place to allow mining to proceed if resources can be extracted profitably and in a way that’s environmentally safe, McConnell said.
Whether that’s the case here has yet to be determined, she said. “Geologically, we know there is gold in Grassy Mountain and we know there is uranium in the McDermitt area,” she said.
Oregon ‘Judge’ Who Wants To Charge Militia Occupiers $75,000 Per Day Is A Grand Poobah at the Masonic Lodge
Steven E. Grasty, the ‘County Judge’ in Burns, Oregon who told the Oregon protesters that they owe $75,000 per day to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, is an ‘Ancient Free and Accepted Mason’ – and a ‘Senior Deacon’ at the ‘Robert Burns Masonic Lodge No. 97.’ The Craft meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm, That’s tonight folks, so heads up.
(Proselyte Noahide Useless Idiot of the jews religion unto Satan…….RP)
You can see their ‘officer’ roster here, Grasty is listed sixth from the top, and his phone number is publicly listed, “Steve Grasty 541-493-2896”
Located 31.4 miles south of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (located at 36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, OR 97721) is the Robert Burns Masonic Lodge No. 97, (at 1210 Taylor Street, Burns, OR 97720. Phone: 541-573-2220.)
The craft’s ‘about page’ states
“Robert Burns Lodge is a Masonic Lodge with over 118 years of History. Chartered in June 12, 1890 when Burns Oregon was still the wild outback of Cattle ranches and timber. Our 1st Worshipful Master was C.A. Sweek. Our Current Master is Scott Shaw. The original Lodge met in the Odd Fellows Hall. In March of 1894 the Lodge moved to a regular meeting hall rented from P.F. Stenger. In 1910 a new Lodge Hall was constructed at 406 North Broadway. In 1977 a new Lodge Hall was constructed on the hill at 1210 W. Taylor St. just West of the Cemetery. On October 1, 1997 the Lodge name was changed to Robert Burns to reflect the heritage of our name and pay full tribute to, Robert Burns (1759-1796), A Scottish poet, for which the City of Burns & the Lodge were named. Today, Robert Burns Lodge has a membership of close one hundred members. It meets on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:00 pm for Stated Meetings.The Lodge is dark in July and August except that, in August we hold our world famous Malheur Cave Event, in the large subterranean, lava tube known as ‘Malheur Cave’ï¿½.
Grasty’s occult group takes part in an annual “Malheur Cave Meeting” where they honor ‘NEW MASTER MASONS’ and ‘WORSHIPFUL MASTERS.’ On their website, they advertised their recently held event, where they ‘Welcomed their Brethren’ to the craft’s 73rd Annual cave event.
“All Master Masons are Invited to Attend”
Note: There are no facilities at Malheur Cave for Wives or non-Masonic friends.SPECIAL NOTE: We have hired portable toilet service this year, two extra porta-potties with cleaning service. Those of you who have been here before knows what that means….”
So… no ladies or non-masons allowed to use thei ‘facilities,’ and they have a “cleaning service”, and that “Those of you who have been here before knows what that means….”
I’m almost afraid to ask what that means, if their gathering is anything the like Bohemnain Grove, which President Richard Nixon said was the most ‘faggy’ thing he’d ever seen.
Nasty Grasty’s craft offers their facilities for rental, except on masonic meeting nights. They note “Rental price is determined by the extent of use required and the time period, and is determined on a case by case basis. Please contact our Worshipful Master Scott Shaw.”
It turns out that Nasty, I mean Grasty, is not a court judge, appointed the sheriff who told the patriots that they have to get out of Burns Oregon.
KTVZ pointed out that although Grasty is known by the title of ‘judge,’ he is “not a court judge, but actually the title for the head county commissioner in many rural counties.”
Grasty recently went to Washington, D.C. “to talk land issues.” He added that he’s “angry at Bundy” and that he had to teach his wife how top shoot her gun because she’s so afraid of what’s going on. Grasty also plans on meeting with lawmakers and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
Grasty has also accused the militia is harassing and threatening local residents, and has said that Ammon Bundy is dangerous.
On March 17, 2015, Grasty testified before the Oregon Legislature bemoaning the dire state of economy in Harney County.
“Our county unemployment rate stands at 9.1% or 150% of the statewide average, and 23.4% of our families fall below the national poverty rate. The current drought conditions are causing the one economic driver we have left in the community to reduce its primary asset, cattle. And we are faced with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service having to decide whether or not to place the Greater Sage Grouse on the Federal Endangered Species List by early this fall. Things are tough but we are survivors.””…Without the commitment of the state enabled in HB3334 the same types of dire consequences that occurred in local areas after the listing of spotted owl in southern Oregon. The towns of Burns and Hines are economically dependent upon our residents. While some visitation certainly occurs reductions in any area of our economy are immediately apparent here. 130 miles to the next larger town does make us interdependent on each other. Our small businesses who depend on the agriculture economy will be impacted. Our irrigation suppliers could be faced with layoffs as a result of downsizing of ag businesses, our veterinary businesses would face reductions in business for the same reasons. The gas stations, downtown retail businesses, metal fabrication business, maybe even the movie theatre and restaurants will see a downturn as a result of restrictions on the few economic opportunities we have.”
HARNEY COUNTY COURT Office of Judge Steven E. Grasty 450 North Buena Vista, Burns, Oregon 97720 Phone: 541-573-6356 Fax: 541-573-8387 E-mail: email@example.com Websites: www.co.harney.or.uswww.harneycountyeconomicdevelopment.com
I am not going to reveal my inside source who informed me about Grasty being a mason. I have always been against the freemasons, my dad taught me about them when I was a kid. As pointed out in our must-see Freemasonry Archives, the masons are devil worshippers. Regarding the masons, Pope Pius VIII said “Their Law is Untruth: Their God is the Devil and their Cult is Turpitude.” Pope Pius XII, in his Address to the Seventh Week Pastoral Adaptation Conference in Italy (1958) said “…the roots of modern apostasy lay in scientific atheism, dialectical materialism, rationalism, illuminism, laicism, and Freemasonry – which is the mother of them all.”
As Pope Leo XIII explained in his Encyclical HUMANUM GENUS ‘On Freemasonry’ in 1884,
“We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and to let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the people as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts. As Our predecessors have many times repeated, let no man think that he may for any reason whatsoever join the masonic sect, if he values his Catholic name and his eternal salvation as he ought to value them. Let no one be deceived by a pretense of honesty. It may seem to some that Freemasons demand nothing that is openly contrary to religion and morality; but, as the whole principle and object of the sect lies in what is vicious and criminal, to join with these men or in any way to help them cannot be lawful.”
Pedophile pervert George H.W. Bush, the drug-kingpin CIA Terrorist, is a 33rd degree mason.
John F. Kennedy, the nation’s first and only Roman Catholic president, gave this speech shortly before he was assassinated:
“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating it’s arbitrary actions. Even today, there is little value in assuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control.”
James Madison, The Fourth President of the United States said: “From the number and character of those who now support the charges against Freemasonry, I cannot doubt that it is at least susceptible of abuse, outweighing any advantages promised by its patrons.”
NASTY GRASTY has had to Publically Admit he is NO JUDGE in Any Court in the United States of America. Meaning Sheriff Ward Has bowed down to an imposter…..What the hell is he Going to Washington DC for , but to cover their filthy corrupt trail and Tails?
Harney County official going to D.C. to talk land issues
Steve Grasty’s glad for the added attention – but angry at Bundy
For Harney County Judge Steve Grasty, this is all personal — not just for his community, but his family.
Grasty was emotional Friday when he told NewsChannel 21 how his wife recently asked him for a refresher on how to shoot her pistol, because she’s so frightened with what’s going on.
(She has a GUN?????????????????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, she is ARMED……..RP.)
The county judge (not a court judge, but actually the title for the head county commissioner in many rural counties) said nothing makes him more angry than that. He’s fed up with the Bundys –– but also fed up with federal land management.
So Grasty is flying to Washington, D.C., next week to try to get the ball rolling on some changes.
But that doesn’t mean he’s glad the militia members turned their town and lives topsy-turvy over the past week.
“All of that, every bit of my anger is at Mr. Bundy,” he said. “Leave our community and go back to your family. We know how to take care of this one, and you are not helping.”
It’s been a roller-coaster week of emotions for Grasty. He said it’s especially tough to go to work at the county offices, with added security measures in place as a result of the outside arrivals.
“I’ve personally been in tears walking up to this building, and looking at how we’ve made this a fortress,” he said.
They are measures of caution against a group many here feel both connected to and repulsed by — a small armed militia occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
A majority of the community, and the sheriff, have asked them to leave, to no avail.
With no end in sight, Grasty is vowing to do the one thing he knows he can: He’s flying to the nation’s capital.
He said although Harney County is fed up with these outsiders, many feel they bring valid points: Government is too intrusive and lands are not being managed properly.
“I’ve spent 17 years as county judge and we haven’t gotten there,” Grasty said. “And it deeply saddens me an armed militia is what it takes to get the focus.”
Next week, Grasty plans to meet with lawmakers and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
He said he’s outlined specific changes he hopes will bring more local control to these lands, which are vastly under federal authority.
One other community frustration: land managers never last long: “Many times we see a turnover in the second or third year, and we never build relationships.”
Grasty is hopeful a solution is on the horizon, although he’s clear he’ll never give Bundy credit.
As for Bundy’s followers, Grasty is afraid they could be here for the long haul.
But with schools set to reopen Monday, after a week closed over safety concerns, many are hoping things get back to something close to normal.
(Go figure your absolute apathetic complacency…Maraka………….RP)
STATE WIDE FRAUD !
|Name:||Re-elect Steve Grasty, Harney CountyJudge||ID:||14273|
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|Address:||25348 Hwy 20 W
Hines, OR 97738
|Name:||Steven E Grasty|
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Hines, OR 97738
|Name:||Steven E Grasty|
|Election/Office:||2010 General Election
County Judge, Harney County
|Candidate Address:||25348 Hwy 20 W
Hines, OR 97738
|Mailing Address:||25348 Hwy 20 W
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SOLD out Hypocrite !
There is also no mention that Steven Hammond contacted the BLM prior to lighting a fire on Hammond property to burn off invasive … cc: Judge Steven E. Grasty.
40604 Steens Mt Loop Lane
Frenchglen, Oregon 97736
home: 360-371-5501 cell: 360-303-6610
August 11, 2014
Bureau of Land Management, Burns District Office
Rhonda Karges – Andrew/Steens Field Manager
28910 Hwy 20 West
Hines, Oregon 97738
RE: Denial of Application for Grazing Permit Renewal 3602564 – Hammond Ranches Inc.
Dear Rhonda Karges:
It has come to my attention that the grazing permit held and renewed by Hammonds Ranches Inc. since 1964 has been denied. I strongly disagree with this decision for a number of reasons; however my main objection is the increased risk of wild land fire based on increased fuel loading. The unintended consequence places my private property and retirement home at increased risk for a large catastrophic wildfire.
I own 172 acres on Steens Mt south of the Hammond property including a retirement log home that I have been building since 1995. Every year since 1964 starting in the spring, the cattle have made their way up the mountain from Hammond’s main ranch crossing the grazing allotments and their private property reducing the fuel load as they go. By Sept and the fall lighting storms the cattle are grazing adjacent to and on my property. As you know, reducing the fuels reduces the potential severity of rangeland fires. This year the grasses are up to my knees.
My second concern is how this decision is in direct conflict with the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000. I have listed two out of the 13 main purposes. The purposes of this act are the following, (1) to maintain the cultural, economic, ecological, and social health of the Steens Mountain area in Harney County, Oregon; and (11) to promote viable and sustainable grazing and recreation operations on private and public lands.
It appears that you did not take into consideration the fact that Hammond Ranches have in fact been good stewards of the land for the last 50 years. They have grazed cattle on this land since 1964 and this grazing has done no harm to the land. By denying their renewal request you have substantially impacted the value of their ranching operation and are negatively impacting their economic viability, not to mention a total disregard of promoting viable and sustainable grazing.
My final concern is the rational and methodology the BLM used to justify the denial of the grazing permit, of not having a satisfactory record of performance. If I would have only read the document 4100 (ORB070)P Notice of Final Decision to Deny Application for Grazing Permit Renewal, I would probably have the opinion that the Hammonds where guilty of far more than they where convicted of in the court case United States of America v. Steven and Dwight Hammond No.6:10-cr-60066-HO.
However, I have read the transcripts of the trial and transcripts of the Honorable Michael R. Hogan sentencing, so I am aware of the additional information presented at the trial which paints a very different picture than what was included in the BLM grazing permit denial document.
It appears that the methodology the BLM used was to selectively use court testimony to support the grazing denial justification and exclude facts that would not support their position. One example is the 2001 Hardie-Hammond Arson, Dusty Hammond testimony narrative pg 5-7. What was excluded was the court judge at sentencing rejected Dusty’s version of what happened, based on age and bias and additional testimony from the defense. There is also no mention that Steven Hammond contacted the BLM prior to lighting a fire on Hammond property to burn off invasive species, which then spread to approx 139 acres of public land. Neither is the narrative of the trial judge that found the 2001 fire had, at most temporarily damaged sagebrush and that while those damages might have technically been greater than $100.00, and “mother nature” had remedied any harm. Also excluded, is that the BLM supported the judges’ conclusion, and determined the 2001 fire improved that portion of the federal land that the fire had spread. The BLM document does in no way reflect the total testimony of the 2001 fire and outcome of all the testimony.
The same bias is true in the narrative used to describe the 2006 Krumbo Butte Fire. There is no mention that Steve Hammond admitted to starting a back burn to protect private property. There is no mention that the fire he was convicted of starting burned about 1 acre of land and the jury found the fire caused less than $1000.00 damage.
Throughout the BLM grazing permit denial document, reference is made to the Hammonds endangering the lives of numerous individuals including firefighters. The Hammonds where not convicted of this charge and it should not be included as fact in a government document. People are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The rational used to deny the renewal includes events and opinions that where not proven in court.
The fact is a fire was started on Hammond property to burn invasive species by Steve Hammond and Dwight Hammond in 2001. Steve Hammond notified the BLM prior to starting the fire. The fire got away from them and burned 139 acres of public land.
In 2006 lighting caused a large fire and Steve Hammond started a back burn to protect private property. He admits starting a back burn and 1 acre of public land was damaged.
My personal opinion is facts of the convictions does not support the BLM’s view of, “the Hammonds fire-setting maliciously and knowingly placed public recreationists, firefighters, and BLM range staff at high risk just to further Hammond Ranches, Inc.’s grazing interests”.
I have owned property and lived on the mountain since 1995. I know of numerous instances where the local ranchers have started fires to burn invasive species. I also am aware of the practice to back-burn to control the spread of a rangeland fire. I don’t consider people who start back burns as arsonists.
In closing, I believe by removing the Hammond cattle from their historic grazing allotments the BLM has increased the risk for a large catastrophic wildfire and puts my home at higher risk.
I believe that the permit renewal denial is in direct conflict with the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Act of 2000.
I do not believe the Hammonds have demonstrated an unacceptable record of performance managing the grazing allotments in the past ten years, or the last 50 years. I don’t consider either Dwight or Steve Hammond arsonists. One acre of public land was burned in the last 10 years with the intent of protecting private property, and for this act you deny their grazing permit????
Thank-you for your time.
Ruth E Danielsen
4506 Bay Rd
Blaine, WA. 98230
cc: Hammond Ranches Inc.
cc: Judge Steven E. Grasty
cc: Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River
cc: E Bradley Grenham, Attorney
cc: Daniel Haak, SMAC Chair