Thursday, April 30, 2009

Southern Inyo Mining At Risk? (Inyo Register... Monday, April 27, 2009)

BS Ranch Perspective:

Southern Inyo Mining at Risk? Monday 27, April 2009 Inyo Register By Mike Gervais

The Land that they are speaking of has been set aside for the American Public, that is why it is called Public Lands, if they are going to do what they are proposing to do then they are making it Private Goverment Property similar to that of Area 54, a Military Base that is out in the middle of the desert, that the American Public cannot use or even be caught on without being prosecuted for Trespassing! The lands that they are talking about would create a higher then normal area for wild land fires, since the area would not be broken down and cleared as fast as when they would have the four wheeler's, Side by sides, Horses, and the like on the land useing it as the good lord intended us to do! 

Area's where there is no use the sage brush piles up, and doesn't break down as fast as when it is being used, like I preveosly mentioned, all that brush that would just lay on the ground, which by the way would not be used to make a home for anything, that lives in the desert today, Unless you are a Termite, then you have a home, and food for a short time and then you move your whole colony. This whole Idea is moving backwards! It is a terrible Idea! 

Southern Inyo mining at risk?E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2009

Cerro Gordo Peak Road will serve as a boundary for one of the proposed wilderness areas in Southern Inyo County. The road, which leads to Cerro Gordo Mine, would be cherry-stemmed if Senator Dianne Fienstein chooses to carry the legislation and it passes into law. File photo

By Mike Gervais
Register Staff

Senator Dianne Feinstein is still considering a new set of wilderness designations in Inyo County that were proposed by the California Wilderness Coalition. 
Cerro Gordo Mining District President and local minor Mike Patterson said he recently met with representatives from Feinstein's office in Fresno to discuss the proposals and "voice our concerns."
Feinstein's office received a request by the California Wilderness Coalition in summer of 2008 seeking several new wilderness designations in Southern California, five of which are proposed for Inyo County's Fifth District, including areas of Death Valley.
Patterson, on Tuesday, asked the county Board of Supervisors to write a letter opposing the wilderness proposals to Senator Feinstein, who has not yet decided if she will carry the new wilderness designations in the Senate.

The five new wilderness proposals include the Great Falls Basin Wilderness located near Trona on the southeast side of China Lake Naval Weapons Station, the Malpais Mesa proposed wilderness addition on the west side of Death Valley National Park, the Slate Range proposed wilderness just west of the Great Falls Basin proposal, and two wilderness additions within Death Valley National Park, one of which includes the area around the Ubehebe Crater, but does not include the crater itself.
Patterson said one of the new proposals surrounds his Cerro Gordo Mine, but cherry stems his property.
"Even the mention of wilderness in the mining community is like shouting fire in a crowded theater," Patterson said. He added that in a previous meeting on the proposals, representatives from the Wilderness Coalition admitted that the wilderness designations are being proposed to "block out" mining in mineral-rich Southern Inyo.
Patterson said the new wilderness proposals, though Feinstein has not agreed to support them, have already had a negative impact on the area. 
According to Patterson, Timberline Resources was looking into an operation in Southern Inyo, but decided to pull out when the Wilderness Coalition proposed the new designations.
He also said that there are two other prospectors looking at operations in the area, and they too will probably pull out if discussions continue about the wilderness designations.
Patterson said he told Feinstein's staffers that the Inyo County Board of Supervisors had gone on record opposing the new wilderness proposals and they "expressed surprise and expressed that they did not know the Board of Supervisors would hold such a position."
"I'm surprised they're surprised," Second District Supervisor Susan Cash said, noting that the board has sent at least one letter to Feinstein's office expressing opposition to the proposed wilderness areas.
Patterson said he directly asked Senator Feinstein to say, "in the media, that she would not support more wilderness" in Inyo County.
The staffers who were speaking with Patterson said they did not believe Feinstein would make that announcement at this time.
Patterson also said that Feinstein's staffers boasted about legislation the senator is supporting that would designate millions of dollars for clean-up and rehabilitation on abandoned mines throughout the West.
"I said that they didn't need to spend that money on clean-up if the mines could continue to operate," Patterson said.
According to Patterson, the Cerro Gordo Mining District is preparing for the senator to support the designations, and has gone through a reorganization that has given it standing as a federal, state and county mining district. By gaining federal status, Patterson said, the district will have the ability to coordinate with the senator and Wilderness Coalition on the wilderness legislation should Feinstein decide to support it.
The Mining District also updated its General Plan by adding new land-uses to the area it covers, allowing for wind, solar and other "natural energy uses," which would be banned in any wilderness designation that is passed.
Fourth District Supervisor Marty Fortney was grateful that Patterson took the initiative to meet with Feinstein's staffers to discuss the negative implications to the proposed wilderness designations.
"Thank you for meeting with them and continuing with this," Fortney said.
"We have to pay attention to our own business," Patterson said. "It's easy for them to ignore voices like myself, but the board's actions are critical."
Arcularius moved to write "yet another letter" to Feinstein's office voicing its opposition to the legislation.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 April 2009 )

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