Melman on Gold & Silver
May 1999 by Leonard MelmanFor gold advocates, the theme this past month could have been Life should be beautiful! After all, just consider some of the events of the past month.
Excerpts from California Mining Journal, our original title, published 50 years ago this month.
Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.
In the 1980s, I spent 5 summers living in a tent in order to map the 450 mi2 South Pass granite-greenstone belt and many of its historic mines. While mapping, I was quite impressed by the general lack of development of lode gold deposits.
• Comments needed for proposed wilderness in southern Arizona
• Miner wins in court; Forest Service appeals
• BLM directors held accountable
• CBM lawsuit may change venue
Lately I’ve been having success utilizing two types of detectors in succession. The first is a pulse induction (PI) detector with a blanket-style antennae, and I follow it up with a very low frequency (VLF) detector.
A two-pronged approach is necessary to restore suction dredging; federal preemption needs to be established as addressed above via petition; and clarification from the EPA is needed to establish that no Section 402 permit is necessary when there is no “addition” of a pollutant.
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