The Suction Gold Dredging Fight Continues in California
July 2009 by Scott HarnThe story is similar to what has played out over the past several years. The Karuk Tribe of northern California, with the support of several environmental and fishing groups, sues the California Department of Fish & Game in an attempt to stop suction gold dredging in the state. At the same time, they find a state legislator sympathetic to their cause and persuade the legislator to introduce a bill to stop suction gold dredging.
Barrick Gold Corporation is offering US$10 million to anyone who can unlock the silver from the ore at its Veladero gold mine in Argentina.
Some scattered reports say that gold may have been washed from streams here as early as the 1840s, but the undisputed major discovery came in 1870.
We hit on a good spot the last time we were at this location and we made up our minds that we weren’t going to let hurricane-like winds stop us.
The tall grasses of the rolling foothills of eastern Kern County, California, hide traces of what was once a major gold rush.
The company that wants to build and operate the mine, Rare Element Resources Ltd., promises high-wage jobs and economic vitality to an area where 40 percent of the population is age 50 or older.
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