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BLM Maint Fees and Claim ValidationsOK, guys here is some information that may be of some help to everybody. It not only pertains to the Stanton area it is also for all of the area that the BLM has control of.
Because the BLM has not updated their claim information recently on the LR2000 website, valid claims are not showing up and forfeited / closed / non-active claims have not been removed.
Here is some valuable information that can help curb a lot of contentions (games) that seems to be playing out lately:
Please feel free to spread the word....as it appears there is a lot of confusion regarding the status on old claims vs new claims. In other words certain people are giving out false information that elludes to a mess.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,
It has become very obvious that potential conflicts arise (and currently exists) as a result of a failure of the BLM to notify the owners of placer claims that have a "non payment of maintenance fees status" which results in the "null and void" classification of the claim(s).. And new claims, sit upon what were active 2012 claim(s).......but lost due to a failure to pay Maint Fees. It is very obvious that the defaulted claimants/claims having commited "a failure to pay the maint fee(s)", in accordance with the correct application of law, would result in a Claimant losing the claim. When said maintenance fees are NOT paid per the September 1st deadline date; per the Federal Register law shown below: many new locators, having made discovery , took advantage of previous claimants "FAILURE TO "MEET/PAY" THE WAIVER FEE" and filed a new location claim:. Thus new claims having been received and stamped by BLM should be the new locators justifyable claim. It is obvious that claim conflicts must be adjudicated in a court of law per the current Federal Mining Laws. It would seem prudent that potential existing conflicts could be avoided if the old claimants; who failed to meet the Maint Fee Payments, were notified that that their claims were deemed "forfeited/closed/non-active". It has been brought to our attention that many old club claimants who failed to pay the maint fees per law are still promoting their failed claims as active and allowing designated individuals to actively mine on claims that are acutally deemed closed. Further it should be noted that most new claimants signs are being removed and destroyed.....which is in itself an Arizona.Class 6 felony. Such conflicts arise when the BLM fails to notify any failed claimant that their claim is null and void and other knowing individuals have therefore filed on the open lands. Such instances result in contested possessionary conflicts of claimants and miners that burden the sheriff and courts;.....This is most commonly termed "overclaiming". Please give consderation to the issue and understand that "Many new discovery and new locations are based on the following codified law(s) and a result of failed perfomance by any old claim holders failure to meet the lawful maint fee criteria set forth:
CITE---30 USC Sec. 28j 01/03/2012 (112-90)-----EXPCITE----TITLE 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING---CHAPTER 2 - MINERAL LANDS AND REGULATIONS IN GENERAL
-HEAD----Sec. 28j. Other requirements-------STATUTE-
(a) Federal Land Policy and Management Act requirements----Nothing in sections 28f to 28k of this title shall change or modify the requirements of section 314(b) of the Federal Land
Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1744(b)), or the requirements of section 314(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1744(c)) related to filings
required by section 314(b), and such requirements shall remain in effect with respect to claims, and mill or tunnel sites for which fees are required to be paid under this section.
(c) Fee adjustments
(1) The Secretary of the Interior shall adjust the fees required by sections 28f to 28k of this title to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of
the Department of Labor every 5 years after August 10, 1993, or more frequently if the Secretary determines an adjustment to be reasonable.
(2) The Secretary shall provide claimants notice of any adjustment made under this subsection not later than July 1 of any year in which the adjustment is made.
(3) A fee adjustment under this subsection shall begin to apply the first assessment year which begins after adjustment is made.
-SOURCE- (Pub. L. 103-66, title X, Sec. 10105, Aug. 10, 1993,... 107 Stat...406.)......-COD----CODIFICATION
Section is comprised of section 10105 of Pub. L. 103-66. Subsec.-------(b) of section 10105 of Pub. L. 103-66 amended section 28 of this...title.
-MISC1---SIMILAR PROVISIONS ...........Similar provisions were contained in Pub. L. 102-381, title I,.........Oct. 5, 1992, 106 Stat. 1378, 1379.
CITE---30 USC Sec. 28i 01/03/2012 (112-90)----EXPCITE---TITLE 30 - MINERAL LANDS AND MINING--CHAPTER 2 - MINERAL LANDS AND REGULATIONS IN GENERAL-HEAD-
Sec. 28i. Failure to pay
Failure to pay the claim maintenance fee or the location fee asrequired by sections 28f to 28l of this title shall conclusively constitute a forfeiture of the unpatented mining claim, mill or
tunnel site by the claimant and the claim shall be deemed null and void by operation of law.
(Pub. L. 103-66, title X, Sec. 10104, Aug. 10, 1993, 107 Stat. 406;---Pub. L. 111-88, div. A, title I, Oct. 30, 2009, 123 Stat. 2908.)---COD-
Pub. L. 111-88, which directed the amendment of section 28i of title 30, United States Code, was executed by making the amendment to section 10104 of Pub. L. 103-66, which is classified to this
section, to reflect the probable intent of Congress. See 2009
Amendment note below
Similar provisions were contained in Pub. L. 102-381, title I, Oct. 5, 1992, 106 Stat. 1378, 1379.
2009 - Pub. L. 111-88 substituted "28l" for "28k".
Parts Affected from the Federal Register
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Bureau of Land Management
43 CFR Part 3830
Administration of Mining Claims and Sites
AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.
ACTION: Interim final rule.
SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is issuing this rule to amend regulations on locating, recording, and maintaining mining claims or sites. In this rule, the BLM amends its regulations to respond to a
recent law that changes the way the maintenance fee is calculated for unpatented placer mining claims. The law specifies that the holder of an unpatented placer mining claim must pay the initial and annual
maintenance fee for each 20 acres or portion thereof contained in the claim; and reiterates that an initial maintenance fee payment is due at the time of recording the claim with the BLM and that the annual
maintenance fee is due on or before September 1 of each year.
"The law precludes the BLM from exercising discretion as to the level of fees or when they are due; Publishing the regulations in final form gives the public notification of the change so that placer mining claim holders can correctly calculate the amount of the maintenance fee based on the acreage in their existing placer mining claims or when they locate new placer mining claims; and Publishing the regulations in final form gives time to placer mining claim holders whose claims are greater than 20 acres to reduce the size of their claims before September 1, 2012, if they do not wish to pay the adjusted fees. The Department also determines that the exceptions under 5 U.S.C. 553(d) apply and there is good cause to place the rule into effect on the date of publication. First, the matters addressed in the rule are statutorily required. Second, the payments this rule affects are payable to the BLM at the time of initial recording and annually thereafter. Because claims and sites are continuously being recorded with the BLM, this interim final rule serves as notification to all placer mining claim holders that they must begin paying the newly established fees upon recordation"
"The fees under this rule are due for all existing placer mining claims, starting with the maintenance fee payment due on or before September 1, 2012, for the 2013 assessment year. For new placer mining
claims, the rule is effective immediately and the fees under this rule are due when the placer claim is first recorded with the BLM as well as annually thereafter on or before September 1"
It is understood that the new maint fee placer claim rule was codified into Law when it was placed in the Federal Register.
It is understood that it is up to the claimant(s) to meet the letter of the law and that the BLM assumes no responsibility regarding such issues/matters. Would not a multi 20 acre claimant lose his/her claim if they failed to pay the maint fee by Sep 1st?. Would not this result in the "failure to pay claimant" losing his/her claim and it being deemed null and void? . Note:.... the new placer waiver fee law states that the publication of the law in the federal register is in itself legal binding NOTICE....thus it is up to the claimant to meet the letter of the law. It is NOT the BLM's responsibility to notify the claimant(s}of the need to make any maint fee payments. And even at that, should BLM allow descretion, (where none should exist), notification of a failure to pay maint fee must results in the BLM sending out cure notices within 7 working days, and then a cure period is dictated to be resolved in not more than 60 days. Given a prudent amount of time for mailings; any attempt at a "cure", whether justified or not, would have been exceeded if submitted after Dec 4th. But that is ONLY if the BLM allows descretion for a late payment when in fact none should be allowed per the letter of the law. Yet the LR2000 does not convey accurate data and is NOT to be used as a source of active or non-active/closed.
Rather than court remedies it would be reasonalble and prudent to assume any such contestd claim action could be avoided per a clear understanding of the BLMs position regarding "active/inactive/closed/forfeited" status. It is a valid contention that the BLM has errored when giving any possible maint fee considerations using descretion. If the BLM has cause for any deviance from the law it should be posted in a manner easily obtained by the public, that the BLM is deviating from the law and the BLM should be able to show cause.