Clark County postpones decision on mining

first_imgThe indefinite postponement of a proposal to expand mining zones in Clark County is raising eyebrows among concerned neighbors, who are questioning the Clark County commissioners’ decision to abruptly end their Tuesday evening meeting without attempting to reach a decision.County Commissioner Tom Mielke, the board’s chairman, ended the meeting after people began heckling comments he was making about needing more information about the mining zones before moving forward. Amid the jeers, Mielke declared the meeting adjourned and pounded his gavel — nearly three hours after testimony began.He said Wednesday he did not know when the county might reconsider the proposal, adding that it was in no hurry to do so.Neighbors of existing mining quarries say they would be affected by an update of the county’s “surface mining overlay,” which designates areas in which the county allows the mining of rock aggregate. Updating the overlay would open the door to expanding mining operations in Clark County, particularly on Livingston Mountain and Yacolt Mountain.The county’s planning commission voted against the proposal last fall after holding four public forums. The state’s Department of Natural Resources, however, has requested the county reconsider that recommendation.last_img