Rod Seiad

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  1. Well you came to the right place Rich. Luckily, I am willing, for no charge, to remove that dirty-old-gold from your problem list. Just show me where it is and I'll handle the details. Where is the find located, exactly?
  2. That's a very considerate post Slatco, It's nice to hear positive remarks concerning the interface between miners/government. As Chris said, down here things aren't so equitable. I'd like to alter the course of environmentalism that has become rooted in our country's agencies. It seems we're gonna be choked down to nothing before the situation improves. I seriously doubt that a college graduate who hires on in a mining related agency could be approved for employment without declaring their political bent towards organized environmentalism. Good luck to you folks up there, I hope our problems down here don't emigrate north.
  3. I think we've made the bottom on gold spot. It's taken quite some time. Personally, the spot price is the gauge of when to sell into the market strength. It's still the time to add to holdings. Acquire when affordable and sell when there's some profit. That's the simple example. Miners who must sell gold that's freshly harvested in order to eat have a more complex decision. Selling is often while at the mercy of the market. Same old story of farmers and miners, you can be semi-wealthy for a decade and then be in the poor-house for a spell. Farmers can't hold their crops for a favorable price, but some miners can.
  4. "Exploring for nuggets, exploring for mineral deposits on a larger scale and mining that leaves larger holes fall into the same category." Yes, and we call the process reclamation. Surrounding my hometown of Beatty NV there are now at least 5 new open pit gold mines which have each been inspected, deserted and deemed OK. No they're not OK. They're economical. Corporate America at it's most profitable. Government leadership at it's worst. A metal detectorist who doesn't reclaim his holes is suffering from a lack of self-respect. I doubt the perpetrator shown in Chris's photos cares what anybody else thinks, it's like tossing a burning butt out of the window of it's vehicle............if nobody sees, it got away with dumping it's bowels onto my world, your world. Shortcutting fools who cause reck and ruin for the rest of us ought to be buried in their own excavations. Like Chris said "Don't do it"
  5. Well, yes there it is then. It's a broad spectrum the range between accidental and premeditated toxic dump. Why bother to ask for the source of blame? Without a doubt, fault lies in the advancement of our worship of environmentalism as it relates to what's best for all things non-human. An experiment. Can the EPA create the next Nagasaki right here in the western US? Population is sparse and Colorado's water is more valuable than the old miner's gold. Worldwide attention should be easy to funnel down to mining and the need of people to consume the alleged toxins at any price. What will be the experiment's intended result? Maybe it's an attempt to show how much our environmental direction has shifted from good to bad.
  6. .http://www.redding.com/news/wire-news/residents-demand-health-answers-as-mine-spill-fouls-rivers .ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Farmers, towns and tribes slammed water-intake gates shut as a sludge-laden plume from a Colorado mine spill rolled down principal rivers in the desert Southwest on Monday, prompting local officials and families to demand answers about possible long-term threats from heavy metals borne along by the spill. Colorado and New Mexico declared stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers to be disaster areas as the orange-colored waste stream estimated to be 100 miles long churned downstream toward Lake Powell in Utah after the spill Wednesday at the abandoned Gold King mine. The Navajo Nation, which covers parts of New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, also declared an emergency as it shut down water intake systems and stopped diverting water from the San Juan River. Members of the tribal council were frustrated during a special meeting Monday and echoed the sentiment of New Mexico officials that the federal government needs to be held accountable. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, who toured the region over the weekend, said she was heartbroken and called the spill a catastrophe. "It's absolutely devastating," she said. The 3 million gallons of mine waste included high concentrations of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals. Workers with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally unleashed the spill as federal and contract workers inspected the abandoned mine site near Silverton, Colorado. The EPA has said the contaminants were rolling too fast to be an immediate health threat. Experts and federal environmental officials say they expect the river system to dilute the heavy metals before they pose a longer-term threat. The EPA said stretches of the rivers would be closed for drinking water, recreation and other uses at least through Aug. 17. Dissolved iron in the waste turned the long plume an alarming orange-yellow — a look familiar to old-time miners who call it "yellow boy" — so "the water appears worse aesthetically than it actually is, in terms of health," said Ron Cohen, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Tests show some of the metals have settled to the bottom and would dissolve only if conditions became acidic, which isn't likely, Cohen said. The best course for the EPA would be to leave the metals where they settle, he said, noting that next spring's mountain snowmelt would help dilute the contaminants further and flush them downstream. No die-off of wildlife along the river has yet been detected. Federal officials say all but one of a test batch of fingerling trout deliberately exposed to the water survived over the weekend. As a precaution, state and federal officials along the river system have ordered public water systems to turn off intake valves as the plume passes. Boaters and fishing groups have been told to avoid affected stretches of the Animas and San Juan rivers, which are crowded with rafters and anglers in a normal summer. Congress members, state officials and residents contend the EPA is not providing quick answers about long-term impacts from the spill. "There are more people who want to know, 'OK, what's going to happen now? Are you going to fix this?'" said Michele Truby-Tillen, a spokeswoman for the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management in New Mexico. '"How are we going to protect our families? How long am I not going to be able to shower at my house?" Navajo Council members and New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said the EPA needs to compensate those who have been affected. The state also has demanded that the federal government develop a plan for helping farmers who have been left without irrigation water. In Cedar Hill, New Mexico, a family farm that serves as many as 3,000 customers in the Four Corners region has been forced to stop irrigating dozens of acres of crops. D'rese Sutherland of Sutherland Farmers said she received advanced warning from farmer friends in Colorado last week about the approaching plume. "By the weekend, without any rain, we'll be in trouble," she said. "There's nothing we can do but wait and see what happens." Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, expressing concern over the failure of the agency to notify New Mexico sooner about the problem. They also asked that the federal agency develop a plan for dealing with the lack of water for communities in San Juan County and the Navajo Nation. The EPA released a statement saying it was sharing information as quickly as possible with the public as its experts evaluate any effects of the spill. It also provided information about its claims process. Recreational businesses along the rivers said they were losing thousands of dollars. "We had lots of trips booked. Right now we're just canceling by the day," said Drew Beezley, co-owner of 4 Corners Whitewater in Durango, Colorado. He said his company has had to cancel 20 rafting trips so far, and his dozen employees are out of work until the river is deemed safe to enter again. "We don't really know what the future holds yet," said Beezley, who estimates that he's lost about $10,000 worth of business since the spill last week. "We don't know if the rest of this season is just scrapped." The EPA has considered adding a section of the Animas River in Colorado as a Superfund cleanup site at least since the 1990s because heavy metals from Gold King and other defunct mines were killing fish and other species. The designation would have brought federal clean-up funds, but some in Colorado opposed the move in part because of the stigma attached. The EPA agreed to allow local officials to lead clean-up efforts instead. ____________________________________________________________________________ Whoops-ee-daisey, We (EPA, the mis-named federal environmental protection club and associates) accidentally spilled the stuff they made the miners store in holding ponds. We thought it was toxic but now that it's been released it ain't soooo bad now is it? Easy does it you miners, everyone blames you for this bad government action. Well no, it doesn't involve dredging nor discharge permits. EPA geniuses, those college educated whizz-kids turned the valve the wrong way, sorry. So, our EPA identified their defined threat, forced the miners to contain it, and then released it. EPA and superfund sites are real expensive. But that's OK, environmentalists know the EPA heart was in the right place. You just cannot expect the EPA to act with responsibility nor face liability.
  7. I believe it's now or never, Jimmy. Your personal circumstances are above reproach. Go do your prospecting with confidence. The ways of the authorities today are way, way over the top. If you ask them for permission to prospect, you'll be denied. I know you can stealth your way along while enjoying your claim. My main point is.....enjoy yourself we may entirely lose the ability to do what you can now still do.
  8. Is social media the solution or the problem? It's no problem, for me. I rather enjoy the opportunity to keep in touch and explore unusual people's ideas. The latest stuff is sometimes great, but not always. Solutions found by energetic explorers on what can be accomplished utilizing the SM, is becoming a strong concern for me. It definitely can be a cutting edge information link for people who seek meanness, death and destruction. But that's nothing new for humans. So without a doubt, regulations are needed, somehow. I don't know that SM actually comes under the heading of Freedom of Speech. Clarity and definitions should be established by providers in order to keep the peace.
  9. The exception is California (and a growing number of other jurisdictions). A witness may incur psychological stress or trauma. These injuries are compensable. Now that's for me! Cumon geo, California dredgers ought to be compensated for that stress and drama. How in LL are we gonna pigeon-hole that one? My dog is in the fight. If I thought that I could be better-off by proving what you said, rather than working for gold, that'd be easy street. Are you sure? Seriously, the idea is ripe and worth of discussion.
  10. Abort the notion and hire some labor, you supply the shovels and crack the whip. Everybody wants to build perfect machines, ignore the desire. Keep your mind on the pay. Recovering maximum pay is the answer.
  11. I've been there done that. LEO will patiently listen and counsel a fired-up miner who has been stolen from. Taking action to catch the perps is another matter. They have priorities which they'll be more than happy to discuss with whoever is interested. Mineral trespass prevention is basically up to the owner. Take the matter seriously.
  12. Yeah, we're gonna settle the bottom above $1000. Oil is low priced today. Both of which are going to go up, when and how much? I think I'll shoot craps right now and see what summer brings.
  13. We California dredgers are about to become akin to the phoenix of legend. We were killed, our annual $25 million industry in CA was ruined and countless peoples dreams of "getting some gold when I can" were destroyed. WE did nothing to prompt our adversaries actions. There's still an ember of hope glowing from the base of what's left of the carnage. Finally, our day in court provided a small rendering of justice. It came down to "what were congress's intentions?" My opinion is clear, environmentalism is poison to miners.
  14. I've always been fond of Swiss chocolate. Tea from China. How on Earth does that relate to gold spot? It does. I'm not sure the Swiss Franc is adjusting for inflation, it's assuming it's rightful position as the premier currency when measured against gold. The Euro is in dire need of support from the Franc and without it, down goes the Euro. Tracking world currencies to me seems as beneficial as watching flies on the wall. They move a lot, but not really. On the other hand, from a vantage point closer to home, The Brandon Rinehart constitutionality case is changing many gold prospector's sum total, net worth and feeling of all-around self esteem. We are back in the water dredging in California. Everybody's mind is on the actions individual small-scale miners should pursue, what's next? The schemers and husslers we've been knocking heads with over our constitutional rights that were recently asserted by clear thinking, won't go away and give up. Never underestimate our adversaries. You know they're regrouping. OH yeah, the chocolate to tea to gold prices, gold always goes up.
  15. I did learn a valuable lesson back in the day when I was a respected California dredger. People who sought me out while at the diggins' loved and admired me and my actions. I was made to feel special. Or they kept their distance and took photos. Nowdays, I don't get to convey that expression of being a caretaker of the aquatic environment. In print I have been converted into a different class of person. Many, many uneducated and ignorant people have formed the opinion that I'm their personal problem. For some unknown reason to me, things changed so much, that now people say and print horrible untrue lies about my dredging adventures. I didn't change very much, the anti-miners ramped-up their propaganda and developed their non-profit save the environment preaching. To me, the high volume of lies and profanities aimed at me, because of my love for mining, is societal genocide. Glad you joined us Plumas.