"DONATIONS NEEDED FOR MINING STUDIES"
MINING STUDIES FUND
TO ALL MINERS AND PROSPECTORS EVERYWHERE:
For many years, the small miners and in particular the suction
dredge miners have complained about the lack of unbiased sound
science available to refute the garbage science that is being used
by government agencies to regulate us to near extinction. The
mining community has been questioning why we or “someone” doesn’t
do unbiased studies of our own on the rivers and streams open to
suction dredge mining. The answer has almost always been, “it
costs too much”, and none of us believed the unity was there in
the community to support any such efforts.
It is now time that we start doing these studies and bring about
the truth. Recent events in California have brought the situation
to the boiling point… and unless the suction dredge mining
community steps up to the plate and supports the needed study/ies,
we will all be at the mercy of the agencies, tribes, and the
environmentalists. If we lose California, it will only be a matter
of time before we lose the other states.
With the proper personnel retained to do these studies and with
the mining community’s support, we can lay many of the negative
rumors to rest. And, of equal importance start addressing the true
environmental benefits that the suction dredging has to offer.
Luckily, two retired U.S. EPA Research Scientists have volunteered
their time and expertise to do these much needed studies, but even
so, funding is needed for such expenses as travel, lodging,
equipment, lab analysis, etc.
The first study that we feel that should be address is California
Water Resources Control Board (CWRCB) study on the detrimental
affect of suction dredging and Mercury. The CWRCB study claims
that a 4” suction dredge only collected 98% of the mercury it
sucked up, and lost 2% over the end of the dredge with the
tailings… and then concluded that the 2% lost is more dangerous
than the benefit of removing the 98%! The study claims that it is
better to just leave the Mercury in place! Those who have had an
opportunity to read the study have identified numerous problems
with the study, and due to the lack of any real scientific
methodology, any results are dubious at best. Unfortunately, no
other studies exist. And worse, environmentalists, tribes, and
state legislators & agencies have adopted this study as gospel,
and are planning to use it to shut down and prohibit suction
dredge mining at least in areas containing Mercury, and possibly
in the whole state.
Recognizing this immediate danger, various mining organizations
and individuals from Oregon and California, and we hope other
states, are joining forces to fund these necessary studies. Public
Lands for the People (PLP) has agreed to be the lead organization
in these efforts… and for this purpose, PLP has set up an
exclusive account so that 100% of all donations earmarked for
“Scientific Studies” will be spent solely for this purpose.
Our first project (the Mercury Study) has already started with a
$1,000 donation from Mike Higbee of the Armadillo Mining Shop in
Oregon. With this donation, the fund has made the down payment of
$1,000 to the two retired Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
scientists to duplicate the CWRCB study on Mercury for the purpose
of showing the flaws in the agency paper and to provide bona fide
scientific data – for a change!
PLP has agreed to have all donations earmarked for “Scientific
Studies” sent to the scientists where they can draw from it as
needed for the Mercury Study, and hopefully future studies.
PLP is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax
Jerry Hobbs – President, PLP Tom Kitchar – President, WMD
PLEASE SEND YOUR GENEROUS AND MUCH NEEDED DONATIONS TO:
PLP C/O BH Wetherby Science Study Funds
3700 Santa Carlotta La Crescenta, Ca. 91214
Or go to the plp2.org home page at the bottom left side of the
Let me just say that this study will be published. It may not be
the silver bullet but it won't hurt us either.
On a better note this is not a PLP project and the money is not
for PLP. This is a miners project and it is sponsored by the
miners for the miners, PLP is only setting up the account to
disperse the funds for the studies. It is a request from other
organizations and other for us to do that.
One thing I have learned over the years is that no one can please