Source: Chaos Magik
Source: Chaos Magik
Source: Chaos Magik
It’s finally coming to light why the Federal Government is using BLM – The Bureau of Land Management to arrest, imprison and confiscate lands that have been in families since the western expansion.
It’s always about the money. When you follow the money in the Bundy Ranch situation, we found Harry Reid and his son in bed with a Chinese solar company.
If you look at the REAL reason Bureau of Land Management tried to illegally take over Sugar Pine Mine, in southwestern Oregon, you’ll find that BLM has been the enforcers for the Federal Government since the turn of the century.
Kerby Jackson, author and historian, has documented many cases.
Now we find Obama ordering the destruction of a family ranch for the natural gas and uranium. Assets they will sell to the Chinese … The country that really owns the United States along with UNESCO.
Seems the 11 western states have become the testing ground for how far the Federal corporation can push before the citizens of the Republic push back.
On August 26, Kobra began his greatest work abroad. It does in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, a retelling of the singer and American composer Bob Dylan, on a wall of 50 meters by 20 meters in an Art Deco building at the corner of Henneping with S. 5th Street , in downtown. Kobra is in the US a week ago, accompanied by the artists Agnaldo Brito, Silvio Cesar and Marcos Rafael, all of Studio Kobra. At work will also feature the collaboration of two American workers. “We will show wall in three different stages of Dylan’s career, inspired by the title of one of his most important songs,” The Times They Are a-Changin ‘. Will be a permanent panel of about a thousand square meters, “says Kobra.
Public Lands for the People
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Nov. 23, 2015
The following is a media release issued by Public Lands for the People, a national non-profit organization based in California:
CEQA court case settlement to cost taxpayers $350,000
Public Lands for the People has recently learned that the state of California has offered to pay $350,000 to a coalition of environmental groups, including the Karuk Tribe and Center for Biological Diveristy, to drop a lawsuit over the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s 2012 suction dredge mining regulations.
The case centers around a flawed study under the California Environmental Quality Act, which requires state and local agencies to identify significant environmental impacts and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible. The court battle, known in mining circles as the CEQA case, involves two separate lawsuits:
“The 2012 dredging regulations were based on bad science from a deeply flawed environmental report,” said PLP President Walt Wegner. “The SEIR results were used to prop up the case for far more restrictive suction dredge mining regulations because of pressure from these environmental groups.”
The SEIR study claims that suction dredge mining has several “potentially significant impacts” on the environment, even though all previous studies had concluded that dredging causes a “less than significant impact,” Wegner said.
“How does this drastic change in study results happen overnight? The study is bogus and heavily influenced by politics—not science,” said Wegner. “And, now after years of battling the CEQA case, these environmental groups have decided to take the money and run, leaving California taxpayers on the hook for $350,000.”
PLP Attorney James Buchal said it’s a shame that state taxpayers will be stuck with the tab, again.
“It is regrettable that once again the state of California has decided to shovel hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees to entities working to cripple the state’s natural resource economy. To make matters worse, the state agreed to pay that money and allow the tribe and its allies to dismiss their claims without prejudice, meaning they could bring them all over again for a second payoff,” Buchal said. “The Karuks are done; they’ve settled. The state and the tribe have agreed to it, and at this point I think it’s just a pro forma approval by the judge, and the money will be paid.”
PLP’s CEQA case is expected to proceed Jan. 20 in San Bernardino County Superior Court.
“With the tribe dismissing its claims, that leaves only the miners claiming that the environmental analysis of the 2012 regulations was defective. But, what gives this a sort of surreal and Kafkaesque quality is that back in January the judge ruled that the regulations are unconstitutional anyway,” Buchal said, referring to another dredging case heard by California Superior Court Judge Gilbert Ochoa.
Ochoa ruled in January 2015 that the federal Mining Law of 1872 pre-empts the state ban on dredging under the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which states that federal law supersedes state law. The ruling was deemed a win for miners, however the state continues to cite dredgers and has refused to issue dredging permits to miners.
Clark Pearson, northern director for PLP, said the CEQA case settlement wreaks of cronyism and corruption between the state and environmental groups.
“It doesn’t pass the smell test,” Pearson said. “This was a sweetheart lawsuit … so basically they were paid off to drop the case. Do you think the same offer will be made to miners? I highly doubt it. No offer has been made to us, and we are the prevailing party. We should be entitled to attorney fees.”
Suction dredge mining has been banned since 2009 in what began as a two-year moratorium imposed under Senate Bill 670, and extended under various legislation.
“That so-called moratorium has become a de facto ban, which is unconstitutional—and small-scale suction dredge miners are paying the price,” Wegner said. “The state has crippled the local economies of many mining towns in California, and is actually making the mercury problem worse. Contrary to the propaganda from some environmental groups that it may harm fish, dredging not only removes mercury and lead from California streams and rivers but it cleans hard-packed, silt-covered gravels that salmon and other fish need to spawn, and it also improves fish habitat by creating refugia.”
Friendly lawsuits, or sue-and-settle cases, have been the subject of investigations in Washington, D.C. In fact, the Center for Biological Diversity is listed as fourth on the list of most frequent environmental group plaintiffs in sue-and-settle cases in a 54-page report, “Sue and Settle, Regulating Behind Closed Doors,” published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Sue and Settle, Regulating Behind Closed Doors” report: https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/documents/files/SUEANDSETTLEREPORT-Final.pdf
The Karuk Tribe is based in the northwestern corner of the state in Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties and has opposed suction dredging mining along with environmental groups, such as the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Fund, which is listed as the worst offender in the Sue and Settle report.
Public Lands for the People is a 501[C](3) nonprofit corporation whose mission statement is “to represent and assist outdoor user groups and individuals interested in keeping public and private lands open to prospecting, mining and outdoor recreation through public education, scientific data and legal means.”
NOTE: (Kafkaesque refers to Franz Kafka and his novels about arbitrary bureaucracy.)
For more information, contact:
PLP President Walt Wegner
Phone: (818) 887-5970
Public Lands for the People
2029 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 47-466
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Public Lands for the People is a 501[C](3) nonprofit corporation: #95-4521318 & 1880483
In July, Representative Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) took on the little known radical environmentalist scam known as “sue and settle” where a green group acting in cahoots with the EPA or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sues the Agency demanding that they apply the law in a new, expanded way that increases the agency’s jurisdiction.
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