The purpose and nature for which this corporation, a Washington State non-profit organization was formed for:
For the education and defense of human and civil rights secured by law and relates to the right of the public to use public lands as they relate to Small Scale Mineral Prospecting and Mining.
Our mission is to bring about a consensus on the usage of public lands through education and respect for private property without endangering the basic freedoms of our country. We have the right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” as part of our heritage and access to usages on private and public lands is part of this right.
Who are we?
First and foremost, we are about education. Resources Coalition came out of the Small-Scale Mining Community and our goal is a balanced approach to the use of our natural resources. We strive to protect our rights, those that made our country great.
Last year in the 2020 session our elected officials passed HB1261. It was passed and signed into law without evidence proving the pollutants and harm to fish and their habitat in which they spawn in.
The law required we apply for an NPDES permit thru the Department of Ecology, D.O.E. denied any attempt to obtain said permit due to the listing of all streams and rivers in the state to be covered under Critical Habitat and made it illegal to dredge in critical habitat. Let start with a few facts...
1. A suction Dredge DOES NOT add any pollutants to the water, both a federal and state judge stated in their findings during a case involving a dredger that Suction Dredge Mining DOES NOT add any pollutants, what is in the stream is simply moved nothing added.
2. A suction dredge miner removes contaminates and discards them properly.
3. A miner does what the Enviromental groups do on our own dime, we DO NOT ask for grants to do what we love, exercising our Congressional Rights.
4. There has never been a recorded fish kill from a dredge.
Yet in all the testimony without documentation we Kill Fish and Destroy the habitat.
In 2008 the Department of Ecology issue to Resources Coalition and the Small Scale Mining community the quick Silver Award for our cleanup efforts in the waterways which our Federally Registered and Maintained mining claims cover. We recovered over 792 pounds of Mercury and turned it in to the D.O.E. and not to mention the hundreds of pounds of lead recovered.
Recently the state was moved to Phase 3 which allows outside gatherings not to exceed 400 people of 25% of the capacity of the area, We are attempting to get our permit secured for the Rally August 20, 21 & 22. We should know more in the coming weeks, As soon as it has been decided we will announce the confirmed dates.