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Galice Mining District BLM Battle Could Be Next ‘Bundy Ranch’ Oath Keepers Called For Help

A “Bundy Ranch” style is brewing in the Galice Creek, Oregon mining area with the Bureau of Land Management– BLM. For the last few years the miners from the Galice Mining District have been fighting with the BLM over the ownership of mineral rights in Galice Creek.

The Galice Mining District is one of the longest running mining operations, it opened in the early 1870s. The district is located about 30 miles west of Grants Pass, Oregon. The region is reportedly compiled of a multitude of claims, owners, and miners. The Galice Mining District is many decades older than the BLM federal agency.

The BLM reportedly claims that the Galice Mining District has no surface rights to the area and all structures and equipment need to be removed. The BLM also reportedly maintain that such a violation is grounds for the operation to cease and tunnels filled in.

The mining area at the center of the BLM dispute has reportedly produced in more than 10 million ounces of gold since panning for the color began. Geologists estimate that only about 10 percent of the gold which exists in the Galice Creek area has been removed, making access to the Galice Mining District extremely desirable.

The BLM has reportedly made several attempts to halt gold mining operations in the Oregon region via violation notices claiming the improper filing of paperwork, ruling changes, and other operational technicalities. Galice Creek miners have reportedly spend tens of thousands of dollars to fight the BLM rulings pertaining to the Galice Mining District. Requests by miners that the Bureau of Land Management produce “official rulings’ detailing why they are in violation of specific rules have allegedly gone unanswered. The response BLM had given to miners is “because they say so,” maintain the Galice Mining District miners who continue to fight the federal government on the matter.

Late last week, Josephine County Sheriff deputies and BLM officials issued a cease and desist order to the Galice Mining District, allegeldy without any official ruling by the courts. The dispute has not reportedly even been scheduled for a court hearing until December. The Galice Creek cease and desist order gave the miners until April 25 to remove all equipment, buildings and supplies from the mine. Some involved in the Galice Creek mining dispute claim that local BLM officials have threatened to burn the buildings down if they are not removed by that date.

Similar to the BLM battle at the Cliven Bundy ranch, a call for assistance to the Oath Keeper’s and other State Militia groups has been made. Multiple miners have already reportedly stated their refusal to vacate the Galice Mining District by the April 25 deadline set by the Bureau of Land Management.

What do you think about the Galice Mining District BLM battle? Is it an example of Agenda 21 as some have claimed?

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