Died In Committee
Status (overview) of bill: https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2016R1/Measures/Overview/SB1530
SB 1530 Requires certain state agencies to consult with certain federal agencies to determine whether state and federal mining programs can be better coordinated.
Summary: This bill will further eliminate Oregon's small-scale mining industry and negatively affect the economies of Oregon's rural communities.
Increases burdens on state funds by requiring implementation and oversight by multiple state agencies.
Attempts to gain authority over Federal mining laws.
Attempts to regulate production by requiring burdensome permitting and fees in operations using equipment other than hand tools.Changes prospecting and casual mining to exploration and requires an additional permit. Requires any motorized activities to pay $400 additional permitting.Regulates off stream mining and surface mining, to forms of mining that are not currently not part of the moratorium. As regulations regarding small plants and rocks, IE. Rock can only be moved by one person, only using their hands. Removes under 50 cubit yard permit exemption for small operators.
Attempts to insert the state into matters of federal jurisdiction in several areas, from the amount of materials without a plan of operations or notice of intent to the simple ability to work a Federal mineral claim. Requires claim owners to prove they have a valuable deposit that can be economically mined, requiring validity tests conducted by BLM that costs Taxpayers about $20.000 per mining claim.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
Would require burdensome regulation and fees, provides opportunity in rulemaking to arbitrarily redefine lands and waters. Application requirements are subject to change by rule, and as written are intrusive to business strategy of operators. Attempts to allow the issuance of violations upon allegations.
SB1530 attempted to add "surface mining" to the law, which oversteps the intent of the moratorium. Does not lift moratorium in most places. Requires Indian tribes and NGO's to give permit approval.
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