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We extend our great thanks to all that participated and helped support our eight-plus year effort in the Oregon courts in order to protect miner's rights . . . thank-you!





This area of our homepage is devoted to Current and Possibly Future Threats against mining at the Local, State and Federal Levels; look here for up-to-the-minute reporting on new Anti-Mining Legislation, Proposed Regulations, Permits, and Litigation.

OREGON SENATE OUT OF CONTROL

OREGON LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
Sept. 7, 2013

With the Democrats in control of Oregon, this year’s legislative session was flooded with anti-mining bills. The “good news” is that only one of them passed.  The “bad news” is that the one that passed (SB 838), by itself, could spell the doom of most placer mining in Oregon. Read it and weep . . . CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO...

 


OCT. 2012: KS Wild files suit against Rogue River / Siskiyou Natl. Forest as the first test of the June 2012 9th Circuit decision (below) to stop all suction dredge mining in Critical Habitat in Federal District Court, (Medford); Waldo Mining District files to intervene
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Updated 12/26/2012


JUNE 2012: Karuk Tribe wins appeal in U.S. 9th Circuit overturning earlier 9th Circuit decision in KARUK TRIBE v USFS. Decision requires USFS to go through EPA Consultation before allowing suction dredge mining in areas designated as Critical Habitat for salmon. New 49er's file appeal with U.S. Supreme Court supported by Mt. States Legal and NWMA, and Pacific Legal Foundation and WMD & EOMA.
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Updated 12/26/2012


FALL 2005: EOMA & WMD file challenges against Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality's "700PM Instream Mining Permit". Environmentalists (NEDC et.al) also file. EOMA intervenes and challenges NEDC standing. Questionable Settlement between DEQ & NEDC is reached without EOMA participation. The case continues.
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Updated 12/00/2012


RECENT U.S. 9TH CIRCUIT DECISION RULES
IN FAVOR OF THE KARUK TRIBE

June 1, 2012: Overturning their own earlier decision (July, 2011), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that before the U.S. Forest Service can allow mining under a Notice of Intent that they must first perform an Environmental Analysis and consult with NOAA & NMF if any threatened or endangered species may be affected.

This recent 9th Circuit decision requires that the USFS go through ESA consultation before deciding NOT to do something (i.e.; deciding not to require a Plan of Operations for mining upon the submission of a Notice). If allowed to stand unchallenged, this decision could delay the time the District Ranger has to respond to a simple Notice of Intent from the 14 days allowed in the FS regulations to months if not years; or worse.

NEW 49ER'S APPEAL TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT

Taking full advantage of the confusion and as the first "test" of the 9th Circuit's decision; on Oct. 22, 2012, local environmental organizations KS Wild et. al filed suit against the Rogue River / Siskiyou Natl. Forest in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Medford District, alleging that the Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when they allowed suction dredge mining to occur in Critical Habitat without going through ESA consultation.

In their Petition, KS Wild asks the court to enjoin (forbid) the Forest Service from allowing suction dredge mining to occur within areas designated as Critical Habitat for salmon (most streams in SW OR) at least until the Forest Service has consulted. A win for KS Wild could force the Forest Service to attempt to close most of the forest to suction dredge mining.

In an attempt to protect the rights of miners in SW Oregon (and beyond), the Waldo Mining District has retained James Buchal to file a Motion to Intervene in the KS Wild suit.


UPDATE: MARCH 1, 2013
MINER'S PLEDGE OF SUPPORT

FOLKS: As explained below, at least several bills have been introduced in the Oregon 2013 legislature that if enacted would prohibit most mining as we know it, statewide.

A Miner's Rally was held at the Oregon State Capitol Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, with a good turn-out of at least several hundred. WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, and many in the legislature say they are against the bills.

HOWEVER, and as Mark Twain once said: "No one is safe while the legislature is in session", we must still prepare for the worse!

And the worst is, any of these bills become law!

In the event any of these anti-mining bills are enacted, our only recourse wil be to take the State to court. This will cost thousands of dollars. For now, we are NOT asking for donations (for this cause), but instead we are asking for PLEDGES OF SUPPORT of $100.00 (or more).

In the event that litigation is required, we will contact those that made Pledges and request the funds. If we can get 1000 Pledges of $100.00 each, we will have raised $100,000.00 to fight the battle!

PLEASE CLICK HERE for a Downloadable Pledge of Support.

Please mail your Pledge to:

Waldo Mining District - Pledge
P.O. Box 1574
Cave Junction, OR 97523

Thank you!


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