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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Gold miners sue Western states over ban of dredging equipment

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/22/gold-miners-sue-western-states-over-ban-of-dredging-equipment.html

LOS ANGELES — The General Mining Law of 1872 promised Americans who went west that whatever gold or other precious minerals they found would be theirs for the keeping — the main driver of the California Gold Rush that fueled the nation’s great westward expansion.
Almost 150 years later, gold miners in the west, who now prospect mostly as a hobby, are invoking the same law to sue states over moratoriums on the use of suction dredge mining equipment.
Driven by environmental concerns that these motorized vacuums disrupt salmon habitat and affect water quality, California banned the practice in 2009. Oregon will do the same starting Jan. 1, 2016.
Miners are suing both states, arguing that their moratoriums on suction dredges to sift through gravel for specks of gold violate the federal mining law.
“It alleges that the state lacks power to prohibit mining on federal lands,” said James Buchal, a Portland, Oregon, lawyer who represents a consortium of gold miners in the lawsuits.
Miners scored a victory in California earlier this year when lower courts ruled in their favor, sending the case to the state Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear it.
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3 comments:

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  2. Yes im glad to here this i have not been mining very long only about five yrs now but i purchased a. Dredge and have a prime location fofr using it in snelling ca. Just to find out its illegal i believe the fish love it when i dredge they sworm around my feet when using it plus im not destroying anything the river is always changing ..plus im removing all kinds of lead and mercury from the river. So the benifits out way the bad

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  3. Yes im glad to here this i have not been mining very long only about five yrs now but i purchased a. Dredge and have a prime location fofr using it in snelling ca. Just to find out its illegal i believe the fish love it when i dredge they sworm around my feet when using it plus im not destroying anything the river is always changing ..plus im removing all kinds of lead and mercury from the river. So the benifits out way the bad

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