James Butler: They don’t want us touching the ‘wealth of the earth’
Well I for one am glad to see a coalition against Centennial Reservoir on the Bear River. Every time there is a flood or a drought the politicians get on the dam bandwagon. All at the taxpayers’ expense. They don’t give a damn about concerns. However, I wonder if they were to build the dam, could gold dredgers go in and clean up all the mercury (for free)? Before the lake inundates the Bear River for ever? Oh no they can’t do that. They don’t want us getting our hands on the wealth of the earth.
When I moved up here on my dad’s mining claim on the Yuba River in 1975, the politicians were beating their drums for the Marysville Dam on the Yuba down near parks bar. That would have put me under 250 feet of water, and 50 feet had to be cut of the top of the Englebright Dam and backwater clear up to Bridgeport. Last I remember the project was shelved because cost/benefits were lopsided.
Oh and another thing, it seems it wasn’t until after the Dorsey Drive off ramp was completed (at taxpayer’s expense) that developers proposed a shopping mall over the Springhill Mine(site). How convenient. Only goods and services jobs will be available. I for one propose that the Spring Hill Mine be reopened. Oh no, can’t do that, too much dust and noise and my well will go dry.
I have a triple map of the Grass Valley, Nevada City vicinity and it shows over a dozen mine sites. North Star, Scotia, Alta Hill, Spring Hill, Idaho Maryland, Brunswick, Banner Mountain. Manitatten, Champion, Murchie, Daisy Blue, Pennsylvania and Empire Mine a state park how wonderful and we even had a narrow gauge railroad all shut down by F.D.R. by executive order for World War II war effort. With thousands of jobs lost.
What with all these mines in operation before World War II nobody complained about dust and noise or their wells going dry — compared to the environmentalist belly achers today.
James L. Butler
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