Living with a mine in your neighborhood causes many unpleasant side effects
Sharing rural winding country roads with large tandem gravel trucks is not easy or safe. Our roads were not designed for this kind of traffic, all traffic reports conducted by the County and independently have come to the same conclusion yet approximately 200 trucks per day run to and from the existing mine.
Noise from Blasting and Rock crushing
Residents near the mine are subjected to the sounds of blasting and crushing, these impacts from the mines undermine peoples quality of life and in the case of blasting, cause fear, shock and also property damage.
Problems with wells
So far on Livingston we have been lucky with no reported damage to personal wells being reported but this could change over time, especially if the mine is allowed to expand. Residents are encouraged to have their wells tested so that we can keep a database of baselines, on Yacolt mountain many residents have had significant issues with water since mining began.
Livingston Mountain has a delicate and elaborate ecosystem and is home to diverse wildlife including bear, porcupine, bobcat, and cougar. As residents we all feel a responsibility towards protecting our wilderness and are stewards of the lands that surround us. Tributaries that feed many of our precious rivers begin here, our alpine lands include ares of herbaceous balds that are rare and protected habitats, these areas need to be protected form the impacts of mining.
Camp Bonneville is a decommissioned Army training area that is located on the slopes of Livingston Mountain, despite tens of millions of dollars poured into cleanup efforts it has been declared a super site by the Federal Government, one of the most serious issues is the possibility of ground water contamination from this site yet part of it is currently included in the surface mining overlay.