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March 2014 by Chris RalphGold in Minnesota?
There are currently three controlling agencies or entities over suction dredging in California—and you can make that four if the state legislature decides to further muddy the waters with additional legislation to block suction gold dredging in the state.
• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon
Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.
• ESA changes for the better
Rather than using the practice of government seizure of private property to promote economic development, the county is using it to preserve open space.
Another California Assembly member, Jared Huffman, is attempting to ban dredging in the state on a more permanent basis.
His small business managed to pump millions of dollars over the years into the California economy.
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