Skip to comments.Fight to Save American Mining
Posted on 06/13/2012 7:14:38 PM PDT by Axenolith
We are making a call for all miners, prospectors and property owners to step up in the next 15 days to attempt to stop a new budget trailer bill which was once again sneaked into the political process: WMA June 2012 Newsletter Download the Western Mining Alliance Suction Dredge Information Sheet here: (See site)
All that stands between losing your rights to dredge and having them restored is the Western Mining Alliance and Public Lands for the People. Please support our legal fight to restore your rights as an American to mine. This issue has far reaching consequences to all those who enjoy the freedom of public lands. Our opponents, the environmentalists, claim they are saving the earth from those of us who choose to mine. At the same time they are petitioning for millions of dollars in taxpayer grants to use suction dredges to mine mercury from the rivers.
While enviornmentalists produce scare tactic headlines with mercury the facts are far different. There is no recorded case of anyone in California being harmed from eating fish with any levels of mercury. The answer to the obvious question is complex but the bottom line is there are no harmful effects from the levels of mercury we see in Western rivers. Environmentalists want to use this issue to their advantage but they are distorting the truth. The truth is suction dredgers have removed over 2.5 tons of mercury from the rivers how much have the environmentalists removed?
On 16 April Public Lands for the People and the Western Mining Alliance filed suit against the State of California to block the newly adopted Suction Dredging Regulations. With a State that has a $16B budget deficit one would think that spending two years and over $1.5 million to study the effects of suction dredging would be a poor use of money. However, to our opponents the expenditure of borrowed taxpayer funds is trivial compared to achieving their objective of dictating how to live your life.
This issue is about far more than suction dredging. Its about America. Its about an America that was built by sweat and blood and property rights. Property rights mean nothing to the environmentalists, they are merely an inconvenience. Your economic freedom rights mean nothing to them. They have a single minded drive to remove loggers, ranchers, miners and oil and gas exploration from all lands, both public and private. Stand with the WMA and PLP and fight back. We have drawn a line and said enough.
Suction dredging does not harm the environment. To mine you must move dirt to recover minerals. No one has invented a method where dirt isnt moved. While the environmentalists are shrill in their claims that suction dredging may disturb gravel and rocks on the streambed they are at the same time seeking millions in grant money from taxpayers to do the same thing.
This fight is about freedom and efforts to take it away. If you want to continue to enjoy your freedoms as an American, then stand with us in this historic fight to take back our rights. Rights, once taken are never given back, they are always taken back.
As President Ronald Reagan famously said, Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didnt pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children, and our childrens children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
Jared Huffman, a self avowed radical environmentalist, has attached a permanent ban measure to the budget bill being voted on soon (like that will pass on time in CA...). Any way, Huffman is looking to float to the top of the bowl (US Capitol) in November (He is running for US Congress, 2nd District in November) So if folks have time and a fax, it'd be helpful to fax the CA legislative offices ones dissaproval of banning small scale suction dredging and also work to flush Huffman rather than have him float up to the surface in Washington...