05.03.2019 - Here is the sample letter to be sent to President Trump ASAP:
May 4, 2019
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I am writing you today to urge you, and the Supreme Court, to hear the Bohmker v Oregon case #16-35262. We have learned that the Supreme Court met on April 26, 2019 to decide which cases would be heard and which would be denied. The aforementioned case has been going on for several years now and I feel that by the Supreme Court hearing this case it can help to settle the issue of Federal Law v State Law.
100?s of thousands, if not millions, of Individual citizen gold miners and prospectors are now out of work and being denied their rights granted by Congress. Not because the deposits are all worked out ? but because the states of Oregon, and California, have prohibited the use of the equipment needed to find and extract the minerals.
As you may know, the Congress of the United States in the 1872 Mining Law, as amended has declared that:
?all valuable mineral deposits in lands belonging to the United States, both surveyed and unsurveyed, shall be free and open to exploration ?? (30 USC Sec 22) (emphasis added)
Oregon?s SB 3 prohibits the use of any or all ?motorized placer mining equipment? used in all streams designated by Oregon as Essential Salmon Habitat (ESH), including on lands of the United States open to mining (and on mining claims); regardless of the size of the equipment or the stream,, and any actual effects. In other words, Oregon?s prohibition is ?standard-less?, based purely on politics and not science.
On September 12, 2018, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court ruled 2-1 that Oregon?s SB3 did not prohibit all mining as ?miners are still free to pan for gold by hand? ? and yet, many valuable deposits are found on bedrock and under multiple feet of overburden under 1-20 feet of water. Shoveling is not an option in water deeper than 1-2 feet, motorized equipment is required to access these deeper deposits. Prohibiting the equipment necessary to reach these deposits is a de facto Mineral Withdrawal by the State of Oregon ? something only Congress has the authority to do.
The small-scale mining industry is on the brink of extinction, and our only hope is in the U.S. Supreme Court. If the 9th Circuit?s Decision is allowed to stand, the states will be free to regulate all uses of federal lands on a purely political whim under the guise of a mere theoretical environmental risk. Please accept and hear the Bohmker v Oregon case.
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