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Correspondence from the President of OAU


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 By Michael Miller

03/20/2020  5:27PM

The last paragraph of entry below I wrote in haste and needs further clarification “The present administration at the top is supporting the reasonable performance of MSHA inspectors here and elsewhere.” I am very pleased about the positive direction of regulations. There is no harm to the public or our miners. My choice of the word "reasonable" wasn't the best word. Reasonable has numerous definitions but what I meant was “following the law”. I believe in lawful enforcement and over the years MSHA was conducting its business out of step with the law. One California agency is steeping beyond the law and seems to be moving into a lawful behavior. Okay reasonable behavior.

Now a quick Alleghany update: Snow fell fast and heavy since Saturday. In front of the upper shop over eight feet of snow blocked the road deep. Yesterday and today three of us concentrated on opening the road from town to the upper shop. We almost completed it but about 100 feet of snow still covers the road. Power was off from Saturday until Wednesday. We were lucky. Down the road to Pike, power and phones are still off. Trees are down everywhere, looks like a tornado hit Tahoe National Forest, but it was some wind and heavy snow on the limbs. Miners lost another week ding what they like to do and next week may be the same as new storms are expected beginning Sunday.
 By Michael Miller

03/20/2020  10:55AM

No pattern of violations at US mines in 2019 released March 20, 2020

The US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has confirmed that, in its screening of 13,000 mining operations across the US over the last year, none met its criteria for a pattern of violations (POV). MSHA conducts the checks at least one each year. The last review prior to this was between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019.

The POV rule has been a part of the federal regulator's powers since January 2013, when it sought to strengthen safety at the most dangerous mines in the country. Its ability to enforce it originated with the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, or the Mine Act, which outlined its intent for those operations with chronic violation records.

"Safety and health is what we care about most at the Mine Safety and Health Administration; it's what miners care about, it's what miners' families care about and we can see it's what mine operators care about," MSHA assistant secretary David Zatezalo said. "We'll issue pattern of violations notices when we need to, but it's a good feeling to look at the screenings and see no mines meeting the criteria."

Safety begins with the mine operator and its crew. It’s the law! This website relates decades of judgement abuses against our miners (and believe me many others) by members under federal Secretary of Labor. Check it out if you like but it is now old history. Many MSHA employees have told me that how they enforce begins at the top and trickles down. The present administration at the top is supporting the reasonable performance of MSHA inspectors here and elsewhere. Thanks you from the crew at Sixteen to One, its shareholders and community.
 By aramfuchs

01/21/2020  8:32AM

Thanks Dick. Yes, I would love to do that as I would find it fascinating. I actually just ordered a book from the Underground Gold Mining Museum to learn more about the area.

However, I don't think the visit would impact the way I allocate my investments. I just do not think I would be able to spot a good gold discovery play that wise veterans somehow missed. Does that make sense?



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