UPDATED JUNE 20, 2016
NEWS FROM THE FRONT
JUNE GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED
THERE WILL BE A GENERAL MEETING OF THE WALDO MINING DISTRICT TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016, 7-9PM AT THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY BLDG., CORNER OF US 199 AND LISTER ST.
JUNE WMD NEWSLETTER was put in the mail to all past members on 6/8. This will be the last Newsletter sent to those that have not paid 2016 dues by the time the next News comes out and they will be dropped from our Member 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.
SEPT. 18, ’15: EOMA/WMD Petition for Review filed.
DEC. 10, ’15: The court allows review.
MARCH 3, ’16: EOMA/WMD Opening Brief filed.
MAY 12, ’16: DEQ Response Brief filed.
MAY 26, ’16: EOMA/WMD Reply Brief filed.
ENTER TO WIN
1/2 POUND OF GOLD
The Western Culture Conservancy (WCC) is proud to sponsor a series of two (2) Drawings to help raise the necessary funds for Galice & Waldo Mining Districts to stay in the fight against SB 838, and so EOMA & Waldo can continue the case in the Oregon Supreme Court against DEQ’s unlawful permit.
$ 5.00 PER ENTRY ~ SIX ENTRIES FOR $25.00
will be held DEC. 2, 2016
Grand Prize (to date): White’s MX Metal Detector
Plus many more great prizes!
will be held June 2, 2017
GRAND PRIZE: 1/2 LB. of Placer GOLD!
Plus many more great prizes!
ALL ENTRIES IN THE PRELIMINARY DRAWING WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN IN THE FINAL DRAWING.
Both Drawings will be held joint meetings
of the Galice & Waldo Mining Districts.
NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN
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!