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Public Lands for the People goal is to uphold constitutional and statutory rights related to the use of appropriated and unappropriated public lands by
1. Educate the public about their rights and laws that apply to them in their activities.
2. Educate the government agencies in their application of those laws.
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EL DORADO COUNTY Chamber of Commerce’s Voice of Business
542 Main St. • Placerville, CA 95667 • (530) 621-5885 • www.eldoradocounty.org
March 4, 2013
YOU CAN HELP By Laurel Brent-Bumb Chief Executive Officer The purpose of this article is to state our support of all efforts to preserve the constitutional, historical and property rights of miners in El Dorado County and the State of California and to share a perspective of the impact that mining and suction dredging have on public health and safety. Alarming attacks against the mining industry in El Dorado County and other parts of the state suggest, based on flawed science, that suction dredging “may”, “might” “could” harm the environment. This is not reliable science when other studies in support of suction dredge mining give specific facts that prove suction dredge mining cleans rivers and streams of mercury, lead, trash and other harmful substances and improves wildlife habitat. We are concerned about the constitutionality and legality of the tactics and strategies used to enforce the laws that deny miners their rights to earn a living. There often seems to be an imbalance between laws implemented to protect the environment and those that impact people. Regulatory provisions have increased unemployment, reduced the miner’s ability to survive, have eliminated precious tax revenues, threaten businesses and jeopardized the constitutional rights of our miners. No evidence has been presented that show that proper coordination and consistency has been initiated or achieved pursuant to federal and state law. The unreasonable environmental policies implemented at the expense of people and jobs adversely impacts wages and tax revenues and is having a negative impact on our economy and heritage. The El Dorado County Chamber supports our miners and their constitutional rights. The decline of once thriving industries such as, mining, timber, farming and ranching is impacting our economy, traditions, heritage and health and safety. Please join the Chamber in our support of miners by writing to;
Public Lands for the People
President Jerry Hobbs
7194 Conejo Drive
San Bernardino, CA 92404
For any questions or more information, please contact me at 530 621 5885.
This is the court room address and date for our next hearing on the motion for a preliminary injunction. It would be nice to have a bunch of miners show up to the Hearing
Rancho Cucamonga Court 8303 Haven Ave. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Judge Gilbert G. Ochoa Dept. R8
Hearing will be on JULY 24, 2013 @ 8:30 AM
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To Oppose Oregon Senate Bills SB 12, SB 115, SB 370, SB 388 and SB 401
We, the undersigned, by affixing our signatures to this petition, do hereby oppose Oregon Senate Bills SB 12, SB 115, SB 370, SB 388 and SB 401, which are intended to infringe upon or interfere with our rights to access, locate, develop and work the locatable mineral deposits upon the Public Domain of the United States under the 1872 Mining Act. As petitioners, we oppose any action made by the State of Oregon, its Legislature, its Governor, or its People, that poses a threat to our rights upon the Public Domain of the United States, which were granted to us by the Congress of the United States. As petitioners, we demand relief from the attacks made upon our rights by Oregon Senate Bills SB 12, SB 115, SB 370, SB 388 and SB 401 and demand that the State of Oregon, its Legislature and its Governor take immediate action to protect our rights and property. PLEASE SIGN TO HELP OREGON MINERS DEFEAT THESE ANTI-PROSPECTING/MINING BILLS!
NOT A POLLUTANT, LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY UPDATE ICMJ Prospecting and Mining Journal, February 2013, page 3.
A recent US Supreme Court ruling regarding the transfer of "pollutants" from one portion of a river to another is a win for miners. The Natural Resources Defense Council sued the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, alleging the county was polluting a stream when it took polluted water from one portion of a river and transferred it to another portion of the same river through a concrete channel.
The Ninth Circuit had ruled that the water transfer violated the Clean Water Act. In a unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Ninth Circuit.
The Court stated, "...the transfer of polluted water between two parts of the same water body does not constitute a discharge of pollutants under the CWA. 541 U. S., at 109-112. We derived that determination from the CWA's text, which defines the term 'discharge of a pollutant' to mean 'any addition of any pollutant to navigable waters from any point source.' 33 U.S.C. §1362(12). Under a common understanding of the meaning of the word 'add,' no pollutants are 'added' to a water body when water is merely transferred between different portions of that water body."A link to the decision is available on our website under the Legislative and Regulatory Update column for February 2013.
One of the major regulatory tools agencies have used against in-stream placer miners-and suction dredgers in particular-has been struck down by this decision!
Other courts have also blocked overzealous water regulators In Virginia, District Judge Liam O'Grady ruled that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate storm water runoff as a pollutant And in Siskiyou County, California, Superior Court Judge Karen Dixon found that the California Department of Fish & Game overstepped its authority by requiring permits for farmers and ranchers to take water from the Shasta and Scott Rivers
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