As mentioned in last month’s column, California Assemblywoman Lois Wolk attached a rider to the pending budget bill. The rider calls for a new study (Environmental Impact Report) on the effects of suction gold dredging, funding for the study, and a two-year moratorium on suction dredging while the study is being completed.
President George W. Bush lifted the executive moratorium on oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which was first established by his father, President George H.W. Bush, in 1990. The current president has argued that the United States should be “drilling for more oil here in America to take the pressure off of gasoline prices.”
Establishing a gemstone mine, like any other mining operation, is a difficult proposition. This is especially true if you are starting out from scratch without loads of money to get the business going.
Pickering Bar on the North Fork of the American River is a fascinating place. It’s remote, taking almost two hours to get there from the small mining town of Iowa Hill, which is in Placer County, California.
John Frémont was a man whose luck regularly swung from one extreme to another. At times he seemed to be the luckiest man on earth, yet he sometimes made bad decisions that got him into a considerable amount of trouble.
The time-honored objective in recovering gold from placers has always been to discover and recover gold from the detritus of both known and unknown lodes. The traditional method to recover gold from desert dry placers was to locate and work the enriched gravels known as the “pay streak.” This pay streak was usually found directly over false or true bedrock and within the upper few inches of the bedrock itself.
Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal, has begun production of a fully-electric car at his new company, Tesla Motors. Though the first vehicles to roll off the production line were manufactured in the United Kingdom, the company just announced that the...