Before the trial court, the Woolford Appraiser testified that he either appraised or participated in the review of four properties involving sand and gravel mines
. He had appraised a tract involving a proposed plant on 40 acres with 180 acres of residential land tied to it which afforded him a first opportunity "to get up to speed on that market." Another appraisal involved condemning 40 acres adjacent to an operating pit where the sand and gravel mine
did not represent the highest and best use for the property.
The tax incentive could potentially be used by a wide variety of companies from food factories to wineries, chemical plants, sand and gravel mines
, and high-tech manufacturing.
Not only do gravel mines
provide jobs, but the industry is also helping Native village corporations make money on the land that they own.
Opponents say House Bill 2666 could open up large tracts of valuable Oregon farmland to new sand and gravel mines
. Mines are controversial in part because they can disrupt farm groundwater supplies, kick up crop-damaging dust, be noisy and generate heavy truck traffic.
Numerous smaller family placer gold mines are also in operation, and sand and gravel mines
all around the state are operating to support local construction projects.
Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, would enable the siting of more gravel mines
on the best farmland in the Willamette Valley.
Diesel fuel is a key cost item for all mines, be they precious metal mines, base metal mines or sand and gravel mines
The proposed action would restore five sites near Eugene and Springfield that have formerly been gravel mines
. Four of the sites are owned by The Nature Conservancy; the fifth is Lane County property.
Alleged ambiguities in the wording of the Lane County Code regarding site review for gravel mines
are part of the dispute.
Under that goal, gravel mines
are an important - and nonrenewable - public resource.
Henderson said part of his ire is with the state rules governing the siting of new gravel mines
, which the state's mining industry heavily lobbied for before they were adopted in 1996.