updated 04-14-15

 

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SB830: Senate Bill 830 is SB838 (Dredge Bill) with changes. I know we don’t like to talk about politics but there is a public hearing scheduled on Thursday April 16 in the State Capital Building at 1:00 pm in Room HR-B. We need as many folks as possible. Tell all your friends! This is from Karen Darnell of Stream Savers: “SB830 is deceptive, as the neat sounding removal of the moratorium for suction dredges is hindered in the details. It appears that SB830 as written will limit permitting only to one type of motorized equipment to the exclusion of other types. It seeks to severely limit allowed work areas, require exact GPS location of work area and the roads and trails to get there. It limits work areas to the least productive zones of waterways. Prohibits mining in federally-designated areas, "Withdrawn from Mineral Entry," where the federal intent of the designation is not to stop mining, but only to disallow the location of mineral claims, a possessory situation. It determines available work areas through arbitrary decision making. It requires removal of hazardous substances, such as gasoline, from equipment when not in use.” “All operators must be covered by the permit, possibly the equipment itself, and all operators using the equipment must have a sticker on the equipment showing they are permitted to use it, easily searchable to the work area they were approved to work. “Permit information – personal data, work location coordinates, etc. will become public record. Would you post the location and combination to your safe online?” Rules will be decided annually through an unbalanced and unfair authoritative body made of states agencies and third parties publicly renowned for their anti-mining positions. No mining representatives are required in the rule making. Permits will be granted through arbitrary review by each member group of the authority and may require by rule any information the body wishes from the permit applicants. Establishes "management zones" for enforcement. Will direct the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt by rule consolidated permitting program for motorized in-stream placer mining and motorized upland placer mining. Requires adoption of certain rules related to review of applications, issuance of permits and conditions on permits. Authorizes Department of Environmental Quality and certain other state agencies to enter memoranda of agreement assigning department duties related to permitting of motorized in-stream placer mining and motorized upland placer mining. Repeals moratorium on mining using motorized equipment. Requires operating permit to engage in motorized in-stream placer mining or motorized upland placer mining. Prohibits motorized in-stream placer mining or motorized upland placer mining in certain protected areas. Imposes civil penalties of not more than $1,000 per day for violating permit provisions. Punishes violation of permitting provisions by maximum of $2,000 fine. Becomes operative January 2, 2016. Authorizes Environmental Quality Commission to take certain actions prior to operative date. Declares emergency, effective on passage. This bill, at the very least, represents a compromise of rights and lacks important safeguards to prevent full forfeiture of rights” Check out the Bill here:

https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB830/Introduced

NEW 49ERS FUNDRAISER DRAWING ENDS 5/27/2015

$10.00 PER TICKET WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

Lots of great prizes and you help with the fight to keep mining alive in America!

OUTING THIS WEEK-END

 

 

MINERS' ALERT

The newest challenges to our prospecting freedoms are posted at: Galice Mining

Please go here, read the article then print the petition and have everyone sign it!!

UPCOMING CLUB OUTINGS

Gold Show: The contracts are out. Applications and checks are coming in. We’re working on the advertising including Reader Boards, TV, Satellite and Radio. Posters and fliers should be available soon. We need to start a signup sheet (if we haven’t already). There’s plenty to do. If you’d like to get involved there will be a Gold Show meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday February 10 at Abbeys Pizza on Diamond Lake Boulevard. Anyone is welcome!

New DEQ 700PM For 2015 As most of you may be aware the DEQ700 permit for dredging is for a five year period. The last one ended on 12-31-14! I’ve been in contact with Beth Moore at the Department of Environmental Quality. She informed me that the permit will not be available until Spring.

DSL Permit & Annual Report: Both the application for a DSL permit (needed for dredging in Essential Salmon Habitat waters) and the Annual Report from last year need to be in by 2-28-15! Both can be done online or you can download them, fill them out and mail them at the same time. However, it’s usually faster to apply for the permit online but they won’t issue one until they receive last year’s report. The permit is free. You can find the online reporting page here: http://www.oregon.gov/dsl/PERMITS/Pages/forms.aspx#Recreational_Placer_Mining

Choose “Year End Report Form” if you want to print it out and mail it in. Choose “Online Report Form” if you want to do it electronically. Once you’ve completed that, choose “Online Application” to file for a new DSL permit for 2015. They will not issue one if your report hasn’t yet been received! You do not need one if you are dredging in Non-ESH waters.

DEQ600 Permit You must have a DEQ600 permit for High Banking and other equipment which occurs out of the water, above the “High” water mark and drains in to a settling pond. No tailings can be allowed to flow back in to the stream. The permit is free as long as you’re moving less than 1,500 cubic yards per year, otherwise there’s a $213 fee. Heck, I’ve been doing this since 1999 and there’s no way I’m even close to that amount. The current permit is good until January 31, 2017. You can download the application here: http://www.deq.state.or.us/wq/wqpermit/docs/general/wpcf600/application1.pdf

Click HERE for Beach Mining Rules

LINKS OF INTEREST

 

NEW 49ERS

They're fighting for our rights to mine.

DCPA NEWSLETTERS

WHILE WE, AS MINERS, HAVE WON A FEW BATTLES IN COURT THE ENEMY HAS NOT QUIT. KEEP SUPPORTING THE GROUPS

WHO ARE WILLING TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS TO MINE AND DREDGE!!

 

NOTICE: EMERGENCY DECLARED!

TO ALL FRIENDS OF MINING - Due to the overwhelming number of threats currently against prospecting and mining, THE WALDO MINING DISTRICT HAS DECLARED AN EMERGENCY . . . AND WE NEED YOUR HELP BEFORE OUR MINING RIGHTS DISAPPEAR! PLEASE follow THIS LINK www.waldominingdistrict.org to visit the Waldo Mining District’s website where we have information posted about these threats, and what YOU can do to HELP SAVE MINING IN OREGON. UNITED WE STAND - DIVIDED WE WILL SURELY FALL!

Senate Bill 838

ANTI MINING BILL

CLICK to read

YOU should direct your comments to the Senate Environment and Natural Resource Committee,

because SB 401 and SB 838 is set for a hearing April 15 at 3:00pm

The first name below is the Senate President, he is not on the committee, but we should flood his office too, for letting an unconstitutional Bill go to committee. I understand that he can pull the Bills back from the committee he has sent these to. We need to let him know of our displeasure as well. Guy.

Senator Peter Courtney Senate President Party: D District: 11 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-201, Salem, OR, 97301 Interim Address: 900 Court St NE, S-201, Salem, OR, 97301 Email: Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/senpres

Senator Jackie Dingfelder Committee Chair Party: D District: 23 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723 District Phone: 503-493-2804 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-407, Salem, OR, 97301 District Office Address: PO Box 13432, Portland, OR, 97213 Email: Sen.JackieDingfelder@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/dingfelder

Senator Bill Hansell Party: R District: 29 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1729 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-423, Salem, OR, 97301 Email: Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us Interim Email:Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/hansell

Senator Mark Hass Party: D District: 14 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1714 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-207, Salem, OR, 97301 District Office Address: PO Box 536, Beaverton, OR, 97075 Email: Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/hass

Senator Alan Bates Party: D District: 3 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1703 District Phone: 541-282-6502 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-205, Salem, OR, 97301 District Office Address: 2859 State Street #101, Medford, OR, 97504 Email: Sen.AlanBates@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/bates

Senator Alan Olsen Committee Vice-Chairman Party: R District: 20 Capitol Phone: 503-986-1720 District Phone: 503-936-8605 Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-425, Salem, OR, 97301 District Office Address: PO Box 820, Canby, OR, 97013 Email: Sen.AlanOlsen@state.or.us Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/olsen

 

 

DCPA BYLAWS HAVE BEEN UPDATED

 

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Douglas County Prospectors Association meets the second Monday of each month 7:00pm at:

PINE GROVE COMMUNITY CHURCH is located in Dixonville at

1729 Buckhorn Rd. Roseburg, Or

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