EDITOR: Everyone wants work? There used to be jobs what happened?
I will tell you what happened environmentalists have wiped out a large percentage of the outdoor labor force. Between mining, lumber and farming they have cleaned our clocks.
I used to on a bad season dredging for gold do at least enough to survive comfortably. Same for my partner. I have friends who have done way better than that. California out of the blue comes up with lawsuits and laws that puts us off the rivers until all mitigation over what the EPA says we are doing to the rivers are proven true or not.
We proved that their scientific study was wrong, so instead of letting us go back to work they slipped in legislation to keep a moratorium indefinably; In other words, screwed us out of a living. It is costing the state of California millions of dollars in lost revenue per year. They’re virtually stealing 10,000 mining claims with no recourse for us even though it is a taking; all because of their green agenda.
There have been numerous environmental impact reports done prior to them asking for another. We weren’t allowed to use any prior scientific studies even though they were actually done with operating dredges; their report was speculative and none representative of actual work that was performed with operating dredges.
How do you determine that harm is happening to the river if they don’t do the study using dredges? Not one study done in the years prior to this study showed any sustainable harm to the environment. What is happening to America?