WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley last week introduced legislation to block mining exploration on more than 2 million acres in Malheur County.
The senators say the bill would stop oil and gas drilling, but also help ranchers and farmers by enhancing and protecting their traditional economic activities.
The bill, dubbed the Southeastern Oregon Mineral Withdrawal and Economic Preservation and Development . . .