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In Our View: Cheers & Jeers
Vancouver councilor’s selection open, fair; don’t mine near Mount St. Helens
Jeers: To mining near Mount St. Helens. U.S. Forest Service officials have consented to a proposed mining project adjacent to the national volcanic monument. Approval of permits for mining exploration by Ascot USA Inc. remains up to the Bureau of Land Management, but consent from the Forest Service was necessary for the project to move forward.
While we oppose the project, believing that it would be detrimental to the ecology of the area, the process for approval deserves kudos. Proposals deserve fair consideration rather than an automatic rejection; due process does not mean you always get the result you seek, but that both sides are heard. That being said, we hope the project is rejected in the final assessment.