February 2022 by Scott Harn
We have not made any trips to DC with Public Lands for the People (PLP) to speak to legislators in an attempt to fix the overbearing regulations on miners, and there are not currently any scheduled due to the ongoing COVID pandemic and restrictive regulations regarding in-person meetings. However, we continue to hold video conference meetings with our like-minded supporters in DC. (As I write this, our next video meeting is tomorrow.)
Following are some excerpts from PLP’s recent newsletter:
PLP and Reclamation Suction Dredging are Cleaning Up CA:
PLP’s hard work to bring regulatory relief in California is bearing fruit. Many folks have been using their suction dredges to clean up California waterways, removing trash and pollutants. This year should be a banner year with the word getting out about legal reclamation suction dredging in the state for those following PLP’s path, which we demonstrated publicly in the summer of 2021. There have been no citations of PLP members who are following the instructions on our reclamation dredge card.
Here is a recap of our Dredging Demonstration last summer:
Last Father’s Day near Campton-ville, California, with a couple of dozen members present, PLP performed a demonstration on how to legally perform reclamation dredging. Ron Kliewer, President of PLP, introduced Clark Pearson, PLP’s Legal Researcher, who gave a talk on how this works and why. Clark talked about the history of dredging in California over the last couple of decades, the legal fight PLP has been involved in, and how in the last few years PLP has paved the way for this activity by winning a case in California state court and one in federal court. One might think that this was just a publicity stunt if you are new to PLP or do not follow the legal cases we have won for our members, but long-timers in PLP know full well that we have beaten the odds before and we keep doing it.
PLP says the science is on our side because suction dredging is a net benefit to the environment. Now that we have the case law on our side, we have stepped out publicly with a dredge demonstration and shown that dredging does, in fact, remove trash and pollutants from the waterway. During our public reclamation dredging demonstration we dredged a piece of legacy iron trash and some mercury. We left the waterway cleaner than when we found it before the demonstration. We put some small pieces of iron in front of the nozzle and showed how they traveled up the hose and were trapped in the sluice box for easy removal from the waterway.
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PLP has sponsored a scientific study like no other. This study is pointing out the green benefits of suction dredging and that it could be the best tool to combat the effects of atmospheric mercury transport from China. The published study will be out very soon! This costs a lot to produce, and we need your help in paying off the balance to make this asset available for use in proving why dredging is beneficial to the environment. We are asking members to go above and beyond and donate a little extra to help make this a reality.
If you like the work PLP does please help PLP help you on the path towards legally resuming suction dredge mining and reclamation not just in California but in the State of Oregon and across the West! Many other states will benefit from the dredge study as well. As we get time and volunteers—which is beginning to happen in Oregon—we can expand the reclamation dredging to other states.
Supporting PLP’s Grand Raffle also helps us continue to fight for your rights.
These days they employ the use of metal detectors and carefully scan the shattered rocks, hoping to hear that sound we detectorists love to hear.
Most gold-bearing veins in this region are controlled by fractures associated with the Melones Fault, a late Cretaceous structure that is 108 to 127 million years old.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," Hill said. "It's going to take 200 years to dig it all out."
Lately my mind has been involved with group 4 of the transition elements, namely titanium, zirconium, and hafnium. They all have similar chemical properties. Of greatest interest to economic geologists and miners is that these valuable elements often occur together in sands.
Following the hundreds of delivery complaints we received regarding our January 2006 issue, the US Postal Service made a few suggestions to help stem the tide of late deliveries.
A number of crevices were still waiting to be cleaned out. A lot of the gold remaining in the pit was very fine sized, but a few small nuggets were also recovered.
Colorado-Utah-Wyoming oil shale was first reliably discovered to contain gold and silver by the U.S. Bureau of Mines in the 1920s. Although most of this vast shale resource, up to 1,000 feet in thickness, contained nil or barely detectable values, many brown shale samples fire assayed here over the past thirty years have yielded up to 0.02 ounces per ton (opt) Au and 2.0 opt Ag.
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