Taking on the EPA, Sasquatch, Ratchilla and Gold Dredging
September 2014 by Shannon Poe...we packed up our two dredges and headed for our claim about an hour away on the South Fork of the Clearwater to dredge openly in opposition to the EPA.
Mining Districts are the private regulatory authority granted by Congress recognized to regulate the mineral lands held by the United States and for the disposal to citizens of the United States, by means of development and potentially perfected by patent.
Mr. Hughes was obviously shaken by our interaction and we are quite confident he assumed we were all missing teeth, long-haired, uneducated, backwoods miners who would immediately become submissive. That didn’t happen...
For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
• US District Court rules against Oregon miners
• Bill to halt sage grouse management plans introduced.
• Hearing date moved up for preliminary injunction for California suction dredging
• Anti-mining bills in Oregon lead to recall effort
If you need more proof that having an organized Mining District can help you, look no further than the recently proposed Methow Headwaters Withdrawal in north-central Washington State.
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