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Lane County Commissioners Postpone Quarry Decision

City of Oakridge

The Lane County Board of Commissioners decided Tuesday to postpone a decision about a controversial quarry proposal in Oakridge. They want more time to review testimony.

The board heard from proponents and opponents of a proposal to mine rock at TV Butte, the Old Hazeldell Quarry. It was first proposed in 2015 and has drawn opposition from many Oakridge area residents, including the Mayor of neighboring Westfir, Melody Cornelius who read a letter from city council.

“This proposed quarry would compromise our air and water quality, would increase health risks in our community, introduce intolerable noise levels, displace wildlife, and increase road congestion,”Cornelious said. “It would negatively impact our environment, our livelihoods and our quality of life.”

Board Chair Joe Berney observed during the hearing that supporters of the quarry all lived outside the Oakridge area, opponents were mostly residents. The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals has remanded quarry site approval to the board twice. Commissioners postponed their decision until August 3.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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