- Threatened species designation is for the birds
- House passes bill to reform EPA science panel
- Baker County ranchers sign sage grouse pact
- Death by dirty water: Storm runoff is killing fish
- Federal Court holds the line on species listings
- Proposed Water Rule Could Put ‘Property Rights of Every American Entirely at the Mercy’ of EPA
- Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to Designate Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo
- Law of the land: How litigation has shaped the Forest Service
- “Waters of the United States” — the ultimate power grab
- Perspectives: Prairie dogs or people, who does government serve?
- Vitter: Utah Court Decision on Endangered Species Act Protects Private Property Owners and States from Federal Overreach
- Victory: PLF and People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners defeat unconstitutional Endangered Species Act regulation
- GOP Set For Full-Bore Attack On EPA Climate, Water Rules
- Farmers & Environmentalists Work Together To Restore The Salinas River
- Water as property and habitat under the Takings Clause
- EPA To Clean Jackson Mine Site
- KERRY McGILL: How far should we go to save some of California’s creatures?
- The surprising reason abandoned US mines haven’t been cleaned up
- The Endangered Species Act Isn’t Meant to Ignore the Human Species
- Our nation needs a habitat where jobs can be created
- PLF petitions Supreme Court to protect landowners from Clean Water Act abuse
- Trick or Truth: What the EPA Isn’t Telling You About Its Latest Clean Water Act Rule
- EPA using global warming scare to popularize over-regulation?
- Beyond the Rhetoric…The EPA is again a diversion
- House to vote on bill requiring EPA to share scientific basis for regulations
- EPA accused of collaboration with anti-mining activists, violating advisory committees law
- Ranchers profit from conservation
- Rivers recover natural conditions quickly following dam removal
- How to Fulfill the Promise of the Endangered Species Act
- Guest: Wait for the facts on Pebble Mine
- EPA: Some of Our Emails Have Been Lost as Well
- EPA water rule pits liberal billionaires against rural farmers
- Forest Lands Closed To Protect Mouse
- Senators Push for Withdraw of Endangered Species Act Rule
- The Broken Endangered Species Act
- EPA contradicts itself with Clean Water Act rule, federal agency says
- The Lizard of Oz: Texas Beats Environmentalists
- Thank the drought for historic California water law
- House Votes to Block EPA Water Rules
- 9/11 Hearing in People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. FWS
- The EPA Could Be Preparing For A Mass Takeover Of Private Property In The US
- EPA blasts ‘myths’ on water jurisdiction rule
- The Government Is Controlling Private Property to Save Frog Species Not Seen in 50 Years
- Environmentalism is the New Communism
- Court Reluctantly Upholds Designation of Critial Habitat for Frog
- American enslavement to the Endangered Species Act in violation of Equal Protection and 13th Amendment
- The Endangered Species Act Hits Affluent Maryland Suburb of the Nation’s Capital, and People are Furious
- EPA has become a green monster
- Lawsuit Accuses San Francisco of Environmental Hypocrisy
- The Endangered Species Act — a law without limits
We are the Western Mining Alliance
Welcome to the web home of the Western Mining Alliance. It’s likely we’re out chasing gold. If you are interested in the hunt for American gold, then you’ve found the right place. We are the largest organization of independent miners in the country. We’re committed to preserving the uniquely American tradition of exploration, prospecting and development of mines. We support reasonable environmental protection and we encourage responsible mining.
There’s still a lot of gold in them hills. Geologists estimate there is twice as much gold remaining as was taken out during the gold rush. Most operational gold mines shut down during World War II and the expense of reopening them exceeded the return with gold at $32 an ounce. Today, with gold exceeding $1,300 an ounce there is a renewed interest in gold mining.
We support and defend a type of gold mining called suction gold dredging. The suction gold dredge is the most efficient mining equipment invented. It is portable, causes no environmental damage and is 98% efficient in recovering gold on the bottoms of the rivers. This type of mining has been ongoing since the invention of the air regulator, over 50 years. As opposed to environmentalist claims, there is no environmental harm. These small machines move a few cubic yards of gravel per day from the river bottom, and then redeposit the same gravel back to the same spot. The spring floods erase all traces of the previous year’s activity.
We disagree with the State of California’s Environmental Impact Report. The media typically reports simply “significant environmental effects” were found. Did you ever stop to wonder what those effects were?
What’s the Controversy About
(1) We create noise. A suction dredge typically uses the same engine your lawnmower does, and it operates on a federal mining claim deep in the canyons of the mountains. The average runs about 64db which is 4 db above conversation levels. A chainsaw runs about 110 db.
(2) We stir up silt. This is true, we do stir up silt, but there is not a single documented case, ever, of a single fish being harmed by this silt. All research papers which have studied dredges in operation have found the silt dissipates rapidly, in fact it’s completely gone within 100 meters of the operation.
(3) We stir up mercury. Not true. The EIR speculated a suction dredge would disturb the mercury and release mere molecules of mercury. However, the theory wasn’t proven. In fact during the test using an instrumented suction dredge the researchers found mercury levels below the dredge were lower than mercury levels above the dredge. The environmental report ignored this result and instead used a hand dug pit in the most mercury contaminated location in the state to achieve their results. It would have been impossible for a real suction dredge to have operated where they dug their pit. The truth is flexible.
(4) We release mercury forever trapped in sediment layers. Mercury, and in fact nothing, is forever trapped. A recent study by Dr. Michael Singer of the University of California, Santa Barbara, confirms even the deepest levels of sediment bound mercury are released with the ten year flood. Do you want to recover this mercury before it moves, or let it move to the valleys? The EIR found suction dredgers have likely removed from the California waterways more than 2.5 tons of mercury, but this was ignored in favor of stopping a few molecules of mercury from being released.
(5) We endanger wildlife. Absolutely untrue and completely unsupported by the record. There is not a single documented case of a suction dredger harming even one fish during fifty years of operation. Not one single case.
Propaganda is Not the same as Research
- The environmental groups spend over $4 billion per year to convince you the environment is in dire trouble, it’s not true
- There are currently 1,516 species in the United States listed as threatened or endangered and environmental groups are petitioning to add hundreds more per year
- Critical habitat already approaches nearly 50% of the land mass of California and Oregon
- Recent endangered species listings are the result of sub-dividing species into more and more specific locations, for example there are millions and millions of Coho Salmon, but when you subdivide this species into only where it lays its eggs you end up with the endangered Upper Columbia River Coho, the endangered Middle Columbia River Coho.
- The federal government owns nearly 1/3 of all the lands in this country that’s over 770 million acres
- Environmentalists continue to push for even more lands to be withdrawn from the private economy and even more restrictions be placed on existing lands including private property
Our Cause is Freedom
Economic freedom and the support of rural America. We, and other groups are doing something about it. It’s simple, we’re shining the light of day of the interconnected web of environmental groups, universities, corporations and the government. At the end of the day it’s all about money, and there’s a lot of money involved in saving the environment. Being a non-profit doesn’t make you an angel, it’s just as likely to make you a demon.
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