UPDATED MAY 1, 2016
THE STATE OF OREGON
MOST SMALL-SCALE IN-STREAM
MOTORIZED PLACER MINING!
In 2013, Sen. Alan Bates (Dem.) (District 3, Medford/Ashland) and the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 838, which was signed into law by the Governor.
SECTION 2 OF SB 838 CALLS FOR A “FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM ON THE USE OF ALL MOTORIZED PLACER MINING EQUIPMENT” IN:
1) ALL STREAMS DESIGNATED ESSENTIAL SALMON HABITAT (ESH), OR HAVE NATIVE BULL TROUT OR LAMPREY EELS; AND
2) 100 YARDS TO EITHER SIDE OF ESH+ STREAMS FROM THE NORMAL HIGH-WATER MARK IF OPERATIONS WILL DISTURB STREAMSIDE VEGETATION IN A MANNER THAT WILL EFFECT WATER QUALITY.
“Motorized Equipment” includes any internal combustion or stream engine, electric motors including battery operated pumps, gold wheels, mini-concentrators, etc..
No Pumps, No Dredges, No Hi-Bankers, No Power Sluices, No backhoes, No excavators, No trommels or washplants, No air-compressors (for breathing underwater) = NO MINING!
[NOTE: The only exemption is for placer operations requiring DOGAMI permitting
(i.e.; move more than 5,000 c/yrds/yr), or in the few NON-ESH STREAM SEGMENTS.]
VIOLATION IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR
(UP TO $6,250 FINE AND ONE YEAR IN JAIL).
ON OCTOBER 19, 2015, THE GALICE & WALDO MINING DISTRICTS (ET AL) FILED SUIT IN FEDERAL COURT (MEDFORD) AGAINST THE STATE OF OREGON & SB 838.
ON FEBRUARY 18, 2016, A HEARING WAS HELD IN MEDFORD, AND ON MARCH 25, U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE MARK CLARKE RULED THAT A BAN ON MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT WAS NOT A BAN ON MINING AND UPHELD SB 838.
ON April 7, 2016, THE MINERS FILED AN APPEAL PETITION WITH THE U.S. 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, WITH OUR OPENING BRIEF DUE JULY 14, 2016.
“CLICK HERE” FOR MORE ON SB 838
AND THE LITIGATION AGAINST IT.
WE NEED YOUR HELP & SUPPORT !
THE WALDO & GALICE MINING DISTRICTS OF SW OREGON HAVE RETAINED ATTORNEY JAMES BUCHAL TO HOPFULLY STOP THE MORATORIUM.
This litigation has cost $1,000’s of dollars…
and $1,000’s more will be needed before
we have any chance of winning.
Ask yourself this:
What’s it worth to YOU to be able
to continue mining in Oregon . . .
. . . and then PLEASE make a Donation to reflect that worth.
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!