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idaho mining needs your help! ( 17:49:16 SunApr 6 2014 )

Hi Everyone,

You may or may not have heard that Idaho dredge mining is at risk because of the new "permit" that is being placed upon miners by the EPA. There is actually another permit that is in the works for highbanking as well. With astronomical fines and possible jail time, the EPA is forcing us to either work on the creeks that they allow through their permit (which are all NON gold bearing) or Not work use our equipment at all. We think this is unfair and unjust. When we ask questions, we get no answers and when we approach the EPA via telephone, we get the "hold" status or the "dropped line" status.

With this being said, we took to our legislators and our local governments. It was then that they denied our requests to remove or nullify the EPA here in Idaho. So quite a few of us saw what is happening and it seems like it is a back door tactic to make us become just like California with their moratorium. Except we are still allowed to dredge but again, only on their creeks they allow... This does, unfortunately, effect claim owners. If our claims happen to be on any of the creeks they have "open" we still have to file for a permit. Last year, approximately 600 miners filed for the permit and only 60 were granted access. But that didn't stop us from dredging. The EPA sent an email letting us know that they would allow us to continue to mine without the permit but as of 2014 season, we would be mandated to have it or else we would be heavily fined.

So to make a long story short, we the people, have taken matters into our own hands. I have attached a flyer for our "Occupy Idaho Waters" event. Yes, we are CIVILLY protesting the legislators decision to ignore our bills in the house and will be gathering for a FUN, FAMILY ORIENTED, and gold getting time. IF YOU CAN NOT OR DON'T WISH TO ATTEND, PLEASE PASS THE FLYER ONTO SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED IN HELPING keep our waters open for all DREDGERS to enjoy!

Please don't let them close Idaho to mining like they have for California and now Oregon. Thank you for your time on this matter and we hope to see you all out with us at this event!
[2 edits; Last edit by MineIdaho at 18:16:14 Sun Apr 6 2014]

  
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Re: idaho mining needs your help! ( 18:31:02 SunApr 6 2014 )

I can't seem to get the flyer to upload, if you are interested in the flyer and passing it along to friends. You can email SWIDAHOMININGASSOCIATION@GMAIL.COM and we can forward you an email. Again, thank you for your support!

  
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Re: idaho mining needs your help! ( 14:14:17 MonApr 7 2014 )

couple of bejay's classes wonld get you going in the right direction...



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Re: idaho mining needs your help! ( 19:23:16 MonApr 7 2014 )

HI OVERBURDEN... WE KNOW ABOUT BEJAY'S CLASSES. VERY INSIGHTFUL. HOWEVER THIS MOVEMENT IS JUST TO GET THE EPA OUT OF IDAHO MINING. THEY WERE SUED USING SUE AND SETTLE TACTICS FROM THE ICL OR IDAHO CONSERVATION LEAGUE TO MAKE A RULE THAT DREDGERS HAVE TO GET THE FEDERAL PERMIT AKA CONTRACT AND ABIDE BY IT. LAST YEAR THERE WERE ONLY 60 THAT WERE GRANTED ON NON-GOLD BEARING CREEKS OUT OF 600 APPLICANTS. WITH THE CONTRACT YOU CAN ONLY USE YOUR DREDGE FOR 14.5 HOURS FOR THE WHOLE SEASON... THIS IS PURELY TO LET THE EPA AND OUR GOVERNOR KNOW THAT WE ARE TIRED OF THEIR TACTICS.

WE HAVE ALREADY TAKEN IT TO THE LEGISLATORS AND THEY IGNORED US. WE HAVE PLAYED BY THE "RULES" BUT THAT HAS GOTTEN US NO WHERE. MORE MINERS ARE HEADED THIS WAY THIS YEAR JUST FOR THIS EVENT. WE ARE MAKING THIS AS FAMILY ORIENTED AND FUN AS POSSIBLE. THAT IS OUR ACTUAL NUMBER ONE GOAL...
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Re: idaho mining needs your help! ( 19:45:48 MonApr 7 2014 )



there we go. it's a small pic. but it works to get some info on it. thanks everyone who has already emailed.
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