Oregon Dredge Moratorium

Author: Paul LoulyWednesday, September 16, 2015

Oregon Dredge Moratorium

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August 15, 2015; Grants Pass, Oregon:


The Waldo Mining District (WMD) and the Galice Mining District (GMD) have retained Portland attorney James Buchal to file suit in federal court to stop the Five (5) Year Moratorium on “all motorized placer mining” in Essential Salmon Habitat (ESH) streams and 100 yards to either side of such streams in Oregon.


The moratorium, as called for in 2013’s Senate Bill 838, is scheduled to begin January 2, 2016, and will be in effect for five years.  The moratorium prohibits the use of any motorized (engine, motor or battery driven) placer mining equipment in-stream, and 100 yards to either side measured from the normal high-water mark; statewide, on all federal lands, mining claims, state lands, and even private property in or along all stream segments designated as Essential Salmon Habitat (ESH) (which is about 90% of all gold bearing streams in Oregon), and streams with native populations of lamprey eel or bull trout.


SB 838 gives no reason for the moratorium, i.e.; no studies are called for.  The only exemptions to the moratorium are stream segments not designated as ESH (or lamprey or bull trout habitat) or large-scale operations covered by a DOGAMI permit – effectively prohibiting all motorized placer mining in over 90% of all Oregon streams - FOR NO STATED REASON!


SB 838 is the brain-child of Sen. Alan Bates (D) from Ashland – home of several eco-terrorist green organizations.


Violation of the moratorium is a “Class A” misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $6,250 and/or up to one year in jail. 


The WMD & GMD believe the moratorium violates rights granted to all citizens under the federal 1872 Mining Law; and is in direct conflict with the National Mining & Mineral Policy Act of 1970 (and other statutes). 


The WMD & GMD need the help and support of all Oregon miners in the form of donations to help fund this litigation.  Donations can be sent directly to:


Waldo Mining District

P.O. Box 1574

Cave Junction,  OR  97523


Or, they can be sent directly to our attorney James Buchal at:


James L. Buchal

Murphy & Buchal LLP

3425 SE Yamhill Street, Suite 100

Portland, OR  97214


(Please mark checks “OREGON MORATORIUM FUND”)


For more information go to www.waldominingdistrict.org; or contact us at:  mythicalmining@cavenet.com.



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