UPDATED JUNE 30, 2016
"NEWS FROM THE FRONT"
WMD GENERAL MEETINGS
There was a General Meeting of the WMD on June 14, 2016. The meeting was held at the Josephine County Bldg. in Cave Junction. Although it is not scheduled yet, we plan to have another General Meeting before the end of August, 2016. Check here for Updates on next meeting.
WARNING - MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION - To all past WMD members: After a long period of not putting out Newsletters, the WMD sent out Newsletters to all past members in May, and again in June of 2016. Some of you may have moved over the years and may not have gotten the Newsletters. Both 2016 Newsletters warned members if their dues were due, and mentioned that if dues were not received before our next Newsletter (planned for sometime in August) then we will unfortunately have to remove you from our Membership List.
EOMA/WMD v. DEQ LITIGATION: After 10+ years of litigation against the unlawful NPDES permitting required by DEQ for suction dredge mining in Oregon, and after having been declared moot by the courts for the 2nd time, we are currently arguing “mootness” in the Oregon Supreme Court.
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!