This is such a confusing topic. DEQ wants to require the highbanker to obtain a 600 permit for out of stream work and it seems if you use the HB combo to dredge instream, they would want the 700 permit as well.
Mining laws grant us the federal right to pursue this activity without the need for permits. Getting a permit binds us to the conditions and penalties of the permit, legal or not.
No permit puts us in a position, if confronted by LE, of possible fines and confiscation of equipment and who knows what else.
As we all saw with Ron Spears, things are not always the way we say they are. Citing mining rights to someone (LEO's and the like) who dont know the mining laws themselves and are only drones enforcing what they are told may not play out the way we think it should.
What is a person to do? Am I only talking myself into following what I am told and end up being a drone myself, throwing away my rights (like everyone else who has applied for these permits) because I am unsure of the outcome and scared of standing up for my granted right.
All I know is I want to pursue my god given right ( we are a country founded on this idea) and get my highbanker wet without being bothered.
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