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The State of Indiana currently has no laws or legislation differentiating between "commercial sand and gravel" operations and "recreational gold prospecting" or "mineral collecting" on public (navigable) waterways. Recreational gold prospecting and mineral collecting are very small scale weekend hobbies for thousands of Indiana residents, as well as a tourist attraction for many more out of state residents. These activities do not use bulldozers, backhoes or any other type of "heavy equipment" and should NOT be lumped in with large scale commercial mining operations. Recreational prospecting includes gold panning, sluicing, highbanking and operating small suction dredges with a hose diameter of 5 inches or less. All of these activities, small scale suction dredging in particular, have been shown through numorous environmental studies to have no permanent adverse affects on the environment and may actually be beneficial to aquatic organisms. In addition to gold, considerable amounts of lead, cadmium and other toxic metals are removed from Indiana streams by gold prospectors, which has considerable long term environmental benefits. Laws that were intended for "commercial mining operations," such as IC 14-29-3-4 should not be applied to "recreational gold prospecting" and "mineral collecting." The Indiana courts agree, as a recent dismissal ruling (Cause No. 09D02-0710-IF-02137 thru 09D02-0710-IF-02143) from Cass Superior Court 2 has shown, whereby seven Indiana DNR citations were dismissed because the Indiana Code is far too vague to be applied to recreational activities such as this. We are seeking a De Minimus Exclusion from these Indiana commercial mining laws, for recreational prospectors and mineral collectors. if you agree that Indiana's commercial mining laws should not be applied to ordinary citizens and hobbyist, then please make your opinion known by signing this petition. When complete, this petition will be delivered to the Indiana State Legislators for their consideration.

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  • 31 December 2015600. Michael Er
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  • 30 December 2015599. Rick H
    I support this petition
  • 28 December 2015598. Gerald H
    I am President of a non profit organization, Public Lands for tjhe People. We have approximately 40,000 constituant members, many of who live in Indiana. It is our position that some type of law or guidline should be implemented in the state of Indiana wh
  • 28 December 2015597. Edwin Dp
    I support this petition
  • 23 December 2015596. Joe Wm
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015595. Lee Patrick
    best of luck
  • 18 December 2015594. Robert Dh
    I support this petition
  • 18 December 2015593. David M
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015592. Michael P
    I support this petition
  • 15 December 2015591. Michael H
    Keep comercial mining seperate from recreational mining. Address, Zip Code 5427 Queen Anne Rd, Charlotte,nc 28217
  • 12 December 2015590. Greg Nt
    It is an activity that should ALWAYS be allowed!, with restrictions/punishment for the ones that screw things up!
  • 10 December 2015589. Craig M
    I support this petition
  • 09 December 2015588. Charles P
    Please clarify the laws, I travel to your state many times a year to prospect and scratch around in the creeks and dont want any trouble. Address, Zip Code 1227 HoneySuckle Dr Liberty Mo. 64068
  • 04 December 2015587. John Mw
    I support this petition
  • 03 December 2015586. Robert W
    Protect our natural resources, but don't forbid me to enjoy them! Address, Zip Code 937-1 N 350 E, Chesterton, IN 46304
  • 21 November 2015585. Claes Adawgn
    Please preserve our heritage before its too late .. Address, Zip Code Northern Virginia,22740
  • 20 November 2015584. Ron P
    I support this petition
  • 19 November 2015583. Eric H
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015582. Dennis Mcdowells
    I support this petition
  • 17 November 2015581. Todd H
    I do not think the same laws should apply. Address, Zip Code 47987
  • 17 November 2015580. Chuck S
    I support this petition
  • 16 November 2015579. John Ae
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  • 13 November 2015578. Gerald F
    this is goog for tourism. I am from wis. and like to go to ind. and prospect.
  • 13 November 2015577. Mary L
    Why send recreational activities out of state when we have so much to offer here? Address, Zip Code 46947
  • 12 November 2015576. Patrick H
    want to stop DNR from passing so many rules that are not needed Address, Zip Code 46988
  • 09 November 2015575. Jay Ma
    I support this petition
  • 02 November 2015574. Shawn C
    I support this petition

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