The Bureau of Land Management is in a land dispute with the owners of an Oregon gold mine.The BLM has issued a cease-and-desist order to Rick Barclay, the owner of the Sugar Pine Mine, to remove his equipment and buildings by April 25 without any official ruling by the courts. Mr. Barclay said:
The BLM – I have a stop-work order. I’m not allowed to do anything. I’m supposed to remove my possessions from this mine. Close up this mine and re-claim the surface and leave before I even get a hearing.
The BLM claims that the mine has no surface rights to the area–even though miners have been in continuous operation since the early 1870’s, which pre-dates the BLM bureaucracy by many decades. Barclay has the original location notice that he dates his claim to the mine from. Barclay has called on the Oath Keepers to protect his land and his Constitutional Rights from the BLM.
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That is the sum total of their purpose to be here is to protect my rights to due-process and to preserve my property until such time as I get my day in court.
The Oath Keepers of Josephine County is present at the mine as a security precaution to ensure the mining claim owners’ 5th Amendment Constitutional Right to Due Process is not violated by the BLM. Barclay said that there is not a standoff with the Government.
There has been no confrontation. There has been no implied threat, overt threats or any such thing.
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This is a basic property rights issue of the government trying to take control of land that they do not have proper documentation for. Does the government have the right to those minerals? Should the government override your use of your own land? We will continue to monitor the court ruling.
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