||Alan Bates Launches
Attack on Mining, Water and Property Rights
Were it not enough that miners in Oregon were already under threat by LC 2125, in a surprise attack, Oregon State Senator, Alan Bates (D-Ashland) recently submitted his own attack on Oregon placer mining with the introduction of his bills, SB 370 and SB 401.
Bates, it will be remembered, was a co-sponsor of former State Senator Jason Atkinson's attack on mining in Oregon back in 2011, which drew so much ire from miners throughout the country that he promptly killed his bill, SB 765, stating that the bill was "not worth falling on the sword for" after he publicly "declared war" on miners, especially the New 49ers organization from nearby Siskiyou County, California. Apparently, Senator Alan Bates did not learn much from Jason Atkinson, who recently retired from the political arena after being successfully challenged for his seat by local farmer and forestry worker, Herman Baertschiger Jr.
The new bills, SB 370 and SB 401, which Bates has not yet listed on his own website at the time of this writing, are very far reaching and would impose draconian conditions on mining rights and privarte property rights to the point of destroying the right to mine in Oregon and imposing scenic easements on property owners along the Rogue, Applegate, Illinois, South Umpqua and other readers.
Meanwhile, Legislative Concept 2125, which was announced late in December has been introduced to the Oregon Legislature as SB 115. While it still remains unclear who the author of LC 2125/SB 115 is, one source with connections to Bates recently indicated that Alan Bates may be an author of the bill, adding that former State Senator Jason Atkinson may have played a direct role in the writing of all three bills.
Galice Mining District Chief Executive Officer, Kerby Jackson, said that the introduction of three bills at one time is undoubtedly intended to try to overwhelm the Oregon mining community.
"I think that the sponsors are hoping that this tactic will force us to miss something and cause us to focus our energy on only SB 115. I can't stress enough that all three bills pose a great threat and that it's important not to give up an inch," Jackson said. "I want to make it very clear that it is the official opinion of the Galice Mining District that these three bills, when you put them together, represent
We are working around the clock to get analaysis done on these bills and compiled. For now, we have some basic information available to help you fight these bills. Please keep checking back for updates.
SB 115 (previously known as LC 2125) - read bill here
SB 370 - read bill here
SB 401 - read
Your mining rights are under
serious attack in Oregon!
State Senator Alan Bates (D-Ashland) recently introduced several bills to the Oregon Legislature that have been designed to destroy your right to mine. These bills, if they become law, will prohibit most motorized placer mining inside the State of Oregon, prohibit placer mining on Oregon's most mineral rich waterways, attack your right to work on your mining claim and criminalize placer mining.
SB 115 – Will, Prohibit motorized
placer mining with certain exceptions; Impose a year in
prison and a $6250.00 fine for non-compliance; Attack all water rights in the State of Oregon.
SB 370 – Will, Classify use
of a suction nozzle as “commercial” mining; Impose a $125
permit fee for “commercial” mining; Impose 30 days in jail and a $1250.00 fine for non- compliance.
SB 401 – Will, Designate dozens
of gold bearing streams and rivers as “Scenic Waterways”; Impose
“scenic easements” for
¼ mile on both sides of such waterways; Prohibit activity not conducive to “scenic values” inside such easements for ¼ mile
on each side of the waterway, including upon mining claims and private land;
Will prohibit mining on the Rogue, Applegate, Illinois, Chetco, Santiam and South Umpqua Rivers,
as well as Grave Creek, Briggs Creek, Silver Creek, Brice Creek, Sucker Creek, Cow Creek and many others –
including upon your mining claim.
All three of these bills
are in violation of Federal Law, the Oregon Admission Act and will violate
your Constitutional Rights.
In addition to destroying your right to mine and impacting water and property rights,
they will also subject the taxpayers of the State of Oregon to serious civil liability issues.
Please call your State Senator
today and tell him/her to vote “NO” on SB 115, SB 370 and SB 401.
Alternatively, you can call Senate President Peter Courtney at: 503-986-1600 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also call Senator Alan Bates and give him a piece of your mind at:
541-282-6502 (local office)
503-986-1703 (state capital)
or e-mail him at: email@example.com
Also see - Report
Alan Bates for Violating Your Rights
If you would like to e-mail every member of the Oregon Senate to tell them to vote "No" on SB 115, SB 370 and SB 401, please use the e-mail string below:
Sen.HermanBaertschiger@leg.state.or.us, Sen.AlanBates@state.or.us, Sen.LeeBeyer@state.or.us, Sen.BrianBoquist@state.or.us, Sen.GinnyBurdick@state.or.us, Sen.BetsyClose@state.or.us, Sen.PeterCourtney@state.or.us, Sen.RichardDevlin@state.or.us, Sen.JackieDingfelder@state.or.us, Sen.ChrisEdwards@state.or.us, Sen.TedFerrioli@state.or.us, Sen.LarryGeorge@state.or.us, Sen.FredGirod@state.or.us, Sen.BillHansell@state.or.us, Sen.MarkHass@state.or.us, Sen.BetsyJohnson@state.or.us, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sen.JeffKruse@state.or.us, Sen.LaurieMonnesAnderson@state.or.us, Sen.RodMonroe@state.or.us, Sen.AlanOlsen@state.or.us, Sen.FloydProzanski@state.or.us, Rep.ArnieRoblan@state.or.us, Sen.DianeRosenbaum@state.or.us, Sen.ChipShields@state.or.us, Sen.BruceStarr@state.or.us, Sen.ElizabethSteinerHayward@state.or.us, Sen.ChuckThomsen@state.or.us, Sen.DougWhitsett@state.or.us, Sen.JackieWinters@state.or.us
Galice Mining District
has put together a flyer about this issue which you can print out and share
with others. You'll need Adobe Acrobat to open it. Please get your copy
of the flyer here.