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Friday, September 13, 2019   Press Release

                                                                                    Introduction

This webpage describes my efforts to assist the gold miners and suction dredgers of California, Oregon and other parts of the America and the American West.

Excerpt from a letter received from Deputy Chief, National Forest System in response to
our petitions and letters.

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Purdue has asked the Forest Service to address clarity and efficiency in the process to administer mining activities on Forest Service lands.

This letter is dated September 5, and I sent my request in on July 22, 2019 so they apologized for being late in their response, but they’re going to review regulations at 36 code of FDR  228 subpart A for locatable minerals.

They’re going to do this on September 13, today's date.   The proposed rule will be drafted with all comments as of this date; so it should be in process now.  The new 49'ers and other minor groups have sent in comments, so we may be well covered in that area. 


They thanked me for my interest along with all the other miners. 

The letter was sent by Christopher French Deputy District Chief of the National Forest System.

Let's hope this can help to solve the suction dredging situation on Federal Lands and return the US to the rules layed out in 1872 as ammended.

Copy of a letter to President Trump's Administrators in Washington DC:

1376 Calle Tulipan
Thousand Oaks, California 91360
Ronald L. Lyons
tel.: 805-404-5076
email: ronlyons1@verizon.net

July 22, 2019

David Bernhardt
Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20240

Re: Petition for Rulemaking to Stop State-Law Based Provisions of Mining on Federal Lands.

Dear Secretary Bernhardt:
This letter is in support of the attached petition for rulemaking pursuant to
5 U.S.C. § 553(e) and is presented on behalf of the Waldo Mining District, Galice Mining District, American Exploration & Mining Association, Resources Coalition, Slate Creek Mining District, American Mining Rights Association, The New 49'ers Prospecting Association, Gold Prospector's of America Association, Lost Dutchman Mining Association Public Lands For The People, Inc., Eastern Oregon Mining Association and numerous other miners and mining interests who are expected to offer their support for the petition under consideration.
West Coast independent gold miners and prospectors are asking you please assist them in helping the mining industry to get back to work in accordance with the 1872 Mining Law.  Everyone in the above groups and associates would agree to mine according to current federal laws and take good care of federal property.
As part of our desire to be good land stewards and miners, we plead for your executive help to influence or override the States of California and Oregon in their reluctance to grant permits to generally open mining for unique and rare minerals and specifically to perform suction dredging for gold on Federal Lands.
Mineral-rich property in the West is still abundant but spread over vast tracks of Federal Land.  These valuable land now lie fallow and mostly abandon due to a unique situation where foreign mining companies offered to inexpensively mine their own lands for rare minerals and sell them to us at reduced prices.
During an era that saw a rising need for environmental reclamation and remediation of our lands, the prices these foreign companies offered us seemed too good to reject.  After years of agreeing to take an easy path to mineral wealth, we now find ourselves in an unacceptably difficult and dependent situation.  Because of steadily increasing irrational political pressure from these foreign countries, we must now change our priorities and prospect for and mine our own mineral resources.
Some mining experts say that as little as two percent of all minerals in the West have been found.  This great opportunity for exploration and mining, which is being blocked by short-sighted state administrators.  This ruling harms our country in the world's mineral-resource marketplace.
Our willingness to return to prospecting and mining seems to be going dark before our eyes; each day the prospect of exploring for our country's mineral wealth fades into history.  The devolving situation is turning into frustration with state administrators.  Since 2009, restrictions by the State of California have stymied this type of activity in our National Parks on federal lands.  Therefore because of the quickly approaching end of the 2019 summer mining season, this request is a desperate plea for help. 
Incongruously, tests by the U.S. Forest Service and others have determined that no deleterious effects from suction dredging have ever occurred to fish of any size.  Assisting this efficacious condition are state laws that restrict suction dredging, during the hatching and development of young fish.  Taking notice of these rational and effective mining methods, a state court in San Bernardino, California ruled in favor of the suction dredge miners but that ruling was overturned on appeal.
This has become a ten-year saga of misplaced and irrational state governance.  First, the State of California said a study was being conducted, then after many years the state made conflicting, irrational and confusing administrative rulings centered on the state’s need to have a permit for each suction dredging operation.  Encompassing blanket permits that would control groups of dredgers was also rejected.
Eventually, in further administrative rulings the State of California said it would not allow permits to be granted under any circumstance.  It appears, if a trite axiom may be allowed to describe this dilemma, the State of California 'wants to have it both ways’.
In most juridical cases the law decides only one way, which aligns with constitutional law; not several ways depending on which administrative group holds sway at the moment.  The United States of America did away with that form of irrational ad hoc ruling, during its formation of a Constitutional Republic in 1787.  But it appears the State of California intends to obviate rational law for some exaggerated, over-extended, inappropriate and scientifically weak environmental reasoning.
To drive home the points listed above, if possible, can you please, as the Department of Interior Secretary, direct, as appropriate, the Deputy Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs and related administrative departments, to assist in this critical endeavor?

During the appeal to the San Bernardino State Court by the State of California, the Obama administration attempted to over balance court opinion by admitting an inappropriate number of amicus curiae briefs in favor of the State of California.
Therefore, since the precedent was set, it could be considered justifiable to ask for extensive executive help from you and any of your applicable administrative departments, up to and including the President of the United States.
Since the Department of the Interior could be the source of an answer for this problem, we humbly ask for your help.  There might be other related administrative governmental institutions, which could also be in a position to counter the irrationalities of the previous administration; in this regard, please refer this issue to them as appropriate.
The struggle miners have faced and are now facing, in time, expenses and harm to livelihoods caused by the environmental movement’s massive push to overregulate the mining industry out of existence, needs all the help this administration can bring to bear on this situation.
We have asked the President for help to undo an injustice of the previous administration, and now we ask for your help.  Twice the Obama Justice Department has told the courts that no federal preemption issue arises if states shut down mining on federal land for any reason or no reason (notice the irrationally of that qualifier).
These particular cases, both of which were rejected or passed over are: Rinehart, with a Petition for Writ of Certiorari before the US Supreme Court and Bohmker denied by US 9th Court of Appeals and failed to be read in the U.S. Supreme Court.
We specifically ask you to withdraw or counter the briefs filed by the Obama Administration for the following reasons:

Sincerely and respectively

Ronald L. Lyons

 

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