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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The Actual Dredging Studies Support Miner's Arguments

Did you ever wonder what the real studies say about suction dredging, but didn't want to have to read through them all. A summary of every study we could find is provided here and links to the actual study.

You can see our full list of suction dredging studies on the main research page.

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Agenda 21 and our rights
Sunday, 31 July 2011

Found this in a forum, discussing Agenda 21 and the massive land grab going on today. Good read, follow the links to sign the petition.

According to the United Nations, Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which humans impact the environment.

In other words the American people, and their every action, are being ruled, regulated, restricted, licensed, registered, directed, checked, inspected, measured, numbered, counted, rated, stamped, censured, authorized, admonished, refused, prevented, drilled, indoctrinated, monopolized, extorted, robbed, hoaxed, fined, harassed, disarmed, dishonored, fleeced, exploited, assessed, and taxed to the point of suffocation and desperation.

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Calif Legislature Tries to Kill Gold Mining Industry, Congressman McClintock Slam Legislature
Thursday, 23 June 2011

CONCORD, Calif., June 22, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Gold Pan California (www.goldpancalifornia.com), a gold mining supply shop and headquarters for California suction dredge miners, recently got a boost from Washington DC.

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) is mad as hell and wants Governor Brown's assistance to squash 2 paragraphs of impending legislation which, if enacted, will kill the California suction gold mining industry.

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Is this just a bad dream or a nightmare
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Is this just a bad dream or a nightmare, is it my imagination, or have we lost our minds, its sureal, just not believeable, a grand absurdity, a great deception, a dilusion of momentous purportions that has been and is being played on and within our CA State government to have passed this WRONGFUL dredge ban in Calif. Singled out and banned even with valid peer reviewed scientific proof that refutes all claims this ban alleges.

I am very disappointed in our CA legislators for not hearing both sides of the issue and learning the facts, instead they are only onesided. Dredging has been studied many times and has been concluded that small scale suction dredges have less than sugnificant impact on Water quality and eco systems.


Reply to DF&G supposition SEIR by Joe Greene and Claudia Wise
Sunday, 01 May 2011

Joe Greene and Claudia Wise are two retired EPA scientists who have written and submitted comments to the California Dept of Fish and Game in support of mining and miners. 


Dredging, panning, and sluicing not only improve salmonid habitat but can also create new habitat
Monday, 03 May 2010

Salmonid eggs and alevins (alevins are tiny newly hatched salmonids which still reside in the interstitial spaces among the gravel of the streambed) need clean gravels through; which interstitial water can flow, providing them with oxygen. Silts and fine sands reduce the porosity of the streambed, thereby, reducing the interstitial flow and the oxygen supply. It can also reduce the amount of interstitial space for alevins. Reduced porosity has been shown to be directly related to reduced survival of salmonid eggs and alevins.

If properly conducted (for example, according to the present guidelines in Washington State — WDW 1987) dredging, panning, and sluicing reduce the amount of fine sand and silt in the streambed and, thereby, improve its porosity. These activities will, therefore, result in better interstitial flow, a better interstitial oxygen supply for eggs and alevins, and more interstitial space for alevins. The net result is improved survival for salmonid eggs and alevins.

Thus, dredging, panning, and sluicing improve existing salmonid habitat and can also create new habitat. These activities should be encouraged.


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A Gold Rush Diary
Sunday, 04 April 2010

Here is The Gold Rush Diary Of George Bonniwell, a very interesting real account of the day to day travels on the road to California in 1850. This diary depicts the meaning of tough as nails, and true endurance, what those people went through to get to Calif was gruling to say the least.

Enjoy these 5 pages of diary on the road to California.



Thursday, 25 March 2010

by Richard Gordon and Peter VanDoren

Richard Gordon is professor emeritus of mineral economics, the Pennsylvania State University,
and Peter VanDoren is assistant director of environmental studies at the Cato Institute.

Executive Summary

Metal mining on federal lands is governed by an 1872 law. Critics argue that the law "gives away" valuable assets at prices well below market value, often for uses other than mining, and does not allow the government to conserve mineral resources through public ownership.

Estimates of the "giveaway" are vastly overstated because of the failure to use conventional financial methodology; any "giveaway" occurred long ago and is not ongoing. The "fraudulent" use of land for nonmining purposes is simply the result of unwise restrictions on land uses that are more profitable than mining. The need to conserve exhaustible resources is a red herring. No exhaustible resource industry has vanished because of the exhaustion of supply, but many renewable resources have vanished for that reason.

The U.S. government owns land because many Americans believe that land markets and extractive activities, like mining, do not operate well unless they are publicly owned and subject to scrutiny very different from that received by supermarkets. We would never accept public ownership as a solution to whatever market failures existed in food markets. We also should not accept public ownership in land markets.

Future mining claims should be allocated at auction without royalties, but existing claims should remain unaltered. A second-best alternative would be to allow anyone to bid against mining companies under the current mining law regime. If both of those options remain closed because of political considerations, then the 1872 Mining Law should be left alone.


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A balanced perspective on small scale dredging
Monday, 22 March 2010

There is an old adage that says, “If you shout something loud enough, long enough, and often enough……it becomes believable enough, by enough people….to pass as fact.”

Thus is the hope of environmentalists who claim that small scale dredging is harmful to fish. Environmentalists and other special-interest groups have recently been engaged in an all-out assault against small scale dredgers, alleging that this mining activity is harming fish. Well, actually, what they are saying is that this activity “may” harm fish, and on that basis alone, they are seeking to shut down the small scale dredging industry. Their allegations are rife with supposition such as “may”, “could”, “might”, “can”, etc. Now, there’s a good reason for this.

Generally, when someone is alleged to be causing environmental harm, there are two things. First of all, there is scientific evidence that environmental harm is being caused in the first place….a corpse if you will….a dead herd of buffalo, dead birds laying on the ground, defective eggs, mutant lizards, or in this case, dead or injured fish. Secondly, there is sound scientific proof that a particular activity or situation is causing this harm. Ironically, in the issue of small scale dredging, neither of these two factors is present. Neither environmentalists nor biologists who have monitored small scale dredging for decades have provided any scientific proof whatsoever that a small scale dredger has ever harmed a single fish! Let me repeat that.

Not… one… single… fish!

Environmentalists have it WRONG about domestic mining
Tuesday, 23 February 2010

For instance, consider AGRICULTURE for a moment.

Reality is, agriculture in America has deforested more land than even the American logging industry. It has destroyed more habitant for animal species than any other industry in the world. Agriculture has caused more species extinction, than any other industry world wide.

Agriculture has caused more soil erosion, created more turbidly in America’s waterways, and introduced more degrading, or toxic pollutants of all sorts into the American environment, than any other American industry. Agriculture is the primary cause of more environmental degradation to the surface of whole planet, than any other industry, on the planet.


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Public land under the ownership of the United States
Friday, 12 February 2010

Public land under the ownership of the United States.
“The power over the disposition of such land and the minerals contained therein is in Congress and not in the states“.
(McLemore v. Express Oil Co. (1910) 158 Cal. 559, 562; Moore v. Smaw (1861) 17 Cal. 199, 218-219.)


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