Department of Mines http://kgou.org en State Senate Easily Passes Bill That Could Make Mining Permits Harder To Get http://kgou.org/post/state-senate-easily-passes-bill-could-make-mining-permits-harder-get <p></p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:41:08 +0000 Logan Layden 25018 at http://kgou.org State Senate Easily Passes Bill That Could Make Mining Permits Harder To Get Lawmakers Join Landowners Who Think Getting A Mining Permit Is Too Easy http://kgou.org/post/lawmakers-join-landowners-who-think-getting-mining-permit-too-easy <p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Logan Layden 24631 at http://kgou.org Lawmakers Join Landowners Who Think Getting A Mining Permit Is Too Easy Bill To Change Permit Process For Mines In Sensitive Aquifer Clears Senate Committee http://kgou.org/post/bill-change-permit-process-mines-sensitive-aquifer-clears-senate-committee <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">When Oklahomans apply for a permit from most state agencies to, say, dam a river or build a wind farm, formal public hearings are held before the permit is issued, where evidence is presented, concerns are voiced, and legally binding decisions are made.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:28:37 +0000 Logan Layden 23919 at http://kgou.org Bill To Change Permit Process For Mines In Sensitive Aquifer Clears Senate Committee Resistance To Coal Mine Regulations Could Cost Oklahoma Some Of Its Sovereignty http://kgou.org/post/resistance-coal-mine-regulations-could-cost-oklahoma-some-its-sovereignty <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Oklahoma and the federal government aren’t getting along.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">From health insurance exchanges to power plant emissions, the Obama Administration just can’t seem to get Oklahoma to play ball.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:48:54 +0000 Logan Layden 17635 at http://kgou.org Resistance To Coal Mine Regulations Could Cost Oklahoma Some Of Its Sovereignty Damaged Land Could Once Again Cost Oklahoma Mining Regulator Its Federal Funding http://kgou.org/post/damaged-land-could-once-again-cost-oklahoma-mining-regulator-its-federal-funding <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Coal mining can cause a lot of damage to the landscape, and the federal government has rules about how mining companies are supposed to treat the land after they’re done with it.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:44:08 +0000 Logan Layden 11691 at http://kgou.org Damaged Land Could Once Again Cost Oklahoma Mining Regulator Its Federal Funding Longhorn Mountain: Sacred Kiowa Spiritual Site And Future Limestone Mine http://kgou.org/post/longhorn-mountain-sacred-kiowa-spiritual-site-and-future-limestone-mine <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Limestone mining on Longhorn Mountain, northwest of Lawton, could start anytime. The company that leases the land on the western side has a permit to mine, and just needs to put up some bond money with the state Department of Mines to get started.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">This is a surprise to the Kiowa Tribe, which has used Longhorn Mountain for&nbsp;<a href="http://benoofana.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/the-historical-and-spiritual-significance-of-longhorn-mountain/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="Oofana link">hundreds of years</a>&nbsp;as a temple&nbsp;where tribe members pray, have vision quests and retrieve sacred cedar used in many rituals.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">But the mining&nbsp;shouldn’t&nbsp;come as a surprise. Cushing, Okla.-based Material Service Corporation — and President Larry Stewart — has had a permit for a 370-acre mine on the site for almost 10 years. It’s up to the company to decide when and whether to go forward with the project.</span></p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:04:13 +0000 Logan Layden 11656 at http://kgou.org Longhorn Mountain: Sacred Kiowa Spiritual Site And Future Limestone Mine Oklahoma’s Kiowa Tribe Says Gravel Mining Will Ruin Sacred Mountain http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-s-kiowa-tribe-says-gravel-mining-will-ruin-sacred-mountain <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">For almost 150 years, the Kiowa Tribe has used Longhorn Mountain for ceremonies and to gather the cedar used to purify their homes. But tribal leaders say the sacred site is being threatened by gravel mining.</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:31:38 +0000 Logan Layden 10787 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma’s Kiowa Tribe Says Gravel Mining Will Ruin Sacred Mountain