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History of Oil in California

Oil is a naturally occurring combustible fluid of organic origin that is commonly found in California and in many other parts of the world.

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Greenstone Belts in Minnesota


Greenstone is a dark greenish-black basaltic rock which, along with chloritized schist, forms belts up to 50 miles wide in northern Minnesota, in rocks of Late Archean age. Most belts are 2.6 to 2.9 billion years old.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act
• CA suction dredging update
• Appropriations Bill addresses problems at EPA
• Bad science, worse policy

SB 838 and the Salem Witch Hunt


In every sense, this was a witch hunt with a preconceived agenda to heavily restrict or outright prohibit most small-scale mining in Oregon.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• "No surprises" ruled restored
• Supreme Court to address submerged lands in Alaska
• Governors say reform the ESA
• Miners need to stay involved in each state

The Rocky Bar Mining District, Idaho


Rocky Bar sits on the north slope of Horse Ranch Mountain, and while the most productive placers were found in Bear Creek below Rocky Bar, most of the creeks on the south, east and north sides of the mountain contain placer gold and were worked commercially in the past.

Judge Rules Against Oregon Miner


A federal judge convicted Oregon miner Clifford Tracy of illegal mining while digging for gold on US Forest Service land.

PLP Members Win Occupancy Case—Appeals Continue


Public Lands for the People (PLP) members Ron Lex and his mining partner Ken Waggener of Etna, California, were cited for occupying their mining claim in Klamath National Forest for more than 14 days. The section cited was Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 261.10(b). This CFR states that a special use authorization must be obtained for occupying a claim on National Forest land for more than 14 days. In some forests the time is 30 days.

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