Significant Progress for California Suction Gold Dredgers
January 2015 by Ron KliewerIt was a milestone day in the battle to maintain the rights of miners to dredge on federal mining claims in California.
On Tuesday morning, August 26, 2010, my clients Michael and Linda Backlund were forced to plead guilty to a charge of violating 36 CFR §261.10(b), which criminalizes maintaining a residence on Forest Service land without authorization “when such authorization is required.” This is a new regulation pursuant to which virtually anything, even a tent, is an unlawful “residence” unless authorized in advance.
Like all federal judges, he swore an oath to perform his duties “impartially… under the Constitution and laws of the U.S.” Nothing in those documents gives Judge Morris authority to order the BLM to work with non-government organizations (the same ones that filed the lawsuit in question) to alter America’s use of energy.
• US Supreme Court declines to hear dredging controversy
• Why Senate Bill S3422 is bad for America
• Comment deadline extended for new California dredging regulations
- Comments needed regarding proposed NEPA improvements
- Efforts underway to fix the ESA
We have learned over the years, of course, that “previous development,” “roadless,” and “local support,” are in the mind of the beholder.
- New Deputy Secretary of Interior
- Case against dredger allowed to proceed
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