April 2012 by Chris RalphWe all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
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• Oregon bill 838
• California suction gold dredging update
- Key appointment at BLM
- Current administration not waiting for Congress
- BLM relocating
- Kansas exempts bullion from sales tax
Nevada’s attorney general for the first time is joining a rural county in a 15-year-old legal battle...
One of the most asinine proposals in the SEIR is to require miners to state when and where they will be dredging. This information would be accessible to the public, which would make them prime candidates for getting their homes burglarized while they are out mining.
I hope this case inspires some of you. It shows that miners can and do succeed when they are persistent and well-prepared, even when representing themselves against state and federal attorneys in a court of law.
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• Oregon miners fight back
• Bills address strategic minerals
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