U.S House overturns northern Arizona mining ban


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For all of you who were concerned you could no longer mine sandstone you just gained back 1 million acres on the Colorado Plateau. :)

Read all about it here:

http://arizonageology.blogspot.com/2011/07/us-house-overturns-northern-arizona.html

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Sandstone, huh...???

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Sandstone, huh...???

Prickly paul

Hey Paul, how is your prickly self? Are those Nevada cactus as cuddly as our Arizona ones?

If you look at the map (in the link) of the almost closed area you may notice that the no mining zone is pretty much all sedimentary rock. Not much gold or anything else but uranium up in those areas. Sometimes I think the greenies just don't have any sense at all. What's the logic in closing an area to mining that has nothing to mine?

If you get tired of digging gold off your claim this fall I hope you will mosey on down this way, Ruby misses your smile and I could use a good laugh. :D

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Hey Paul, how is your prickly self? Are those Nevada cactus as cuddly as our Arizona ones?

If you look at the map (in the link) of the almost closed area you may notice that the no mining zone is pretty much all sedimentary rock. Not much gold or anything else but uranium up in those areas. Sometimes I think the greenies just don't have any sense at all. What's the logic in closing an area to mining that has nothing to mine?

If you get tired of digging gold off your claim this fall I hope you will mosey on down this way, Ruby misses your smile and I could use a good laugh. :D

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I'm having a hard time getting it all back to my home in Carson City,,I am going to have to get a ton truck i guess.It is (200 miles)to my claim ..WOW i thought the 70 miles was a drive every weekend to Congress...not!

I will call you sometime and let you know how things are going...

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Hey Paul,

Your box must be full (or I'm blocked :o )

Can't send you a message.

And Hi Clay! :)

You are right Kelly, i dumped it tonight, sorry!

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Of course the bill still needs to be passed by the very liberal US Senate and signed by our Socialist, Green Party, Democrat President to actually take effect.

Chances for that are slim.

Until then, the ban remains in effect.

Well you are right about the Senate being a big stumbling block for killing this ban Chris. There is still an "emergency" ban on mineral claims in the proposed closure area.

Ken Salazar, as the secretary of Interior, can only close an area to mineral entry for 3 years without congressional approval.

What Ken did was make a "segregation order" to ban mineral entry while an Environmental Impact Study was completed in anticipation of the Congress voting in a 20 year ban on mineral entry (their maximum time frame for mineral entry bans). That temporary segregation order was lifted on July 20th and now the mandatory comment period is in progress. It seems Kenny has decided that public part of the process is not really necessary despite the law saying the public must have a chance for input. He has declared an "emergency" ban. It is that "emergency" ban that the House rejected.

From June 20, 2011

BLM and Park Service officials earlier this morning stated that evaluation of comments on the draft EIS are still underway but they had enough concerns over water quality and park values to make the decision before analysis of the comments was complete.

Notice the constant spin that this is somehow about Grand Canyon National Park or some public water supply. Neither is anywhere near the million closed acres.

So Ken may get his 3 year non-renewable mineral entry ban but there is obviously not a snowballs chance in ... well lets just say that Ken's madness will end in less than two years. It's obvious the proposed Congressional mineral closure will never pass the House in it's current configuration. Of course there is the chance that Judge Mark Aspey in Flagstaff or the 9th Circuit will slap Ken's hands for breaking the rules and throw out his segregation order until he completes the mandatory comment period and assessment. B)

I haven't read the segregation order but they usually do not prohibit exploration - only entry. It is entirely possible that anyone that wants to can probably go prospect all that sandstone for gold if they wish. :D

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I'm having a hard time getting it all back to my home in Carson City,,I am going to have to get a ton truck i guess.It is (200 miles)to my claim ..WOW i thought the 70 miles was a drive every weekend to Congress...not!

I will call you sometime and let you know how things are going...

Hey Paul we can help with those sort of problems.

Ruby and I will bring the mapmobile and make as many trips as necessary to haul all those nuggets. :lol:

Do we get to keep the ones that stick to our boots? :rolleyes:

Looking forward to that call "Prickles". :D

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Hi Kelly! :)

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