Public Hearing Held 2/6/2017 3:00 PM, `
Bill Published on Track Thier Vote HERE
This Bill expands area prohibiting motorized mining. increases fines for noncompliance.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
violates the federal mining act. prohibits mining activities on federal claims.
The state will likely have to defend the law in court. large costs, but unmeasurable.
Economic losses by banning a necessary rural Oregon source of revenue (expenditures from miners). Will CONTINUE to force small businesses selling mining equipment out of business.
Expands government control of watersheds. Government would totally control the water activities, eliminates any prospecting and removal of minerals, even on Federally recognized claims in violation of federal laws.
Extreme state over reach on an activity that 21 studies/reports have shown have "less than significant impact" on salmon or the environment. Not ONE scientific report has been conducted that supports the elimination of suction dredging and/or proves the harm as claimed.
Prohibits free market of minerals taken from any water course and deprives economic revenue to rural communities by prohibiting mining activities,