Some thoughts and comments on “map staking” versus physical staking from other sources including:
- PDAC report on map staking regimes
- Article from Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal.
- Article from Highgrader Magazine from a Timmins – based author.
- Nuisance stakers abuse mining rules to bother neighbors
- Fairmining.ca’s view of BC Mineral tenure
- Globe and Mail article on BC system abuses.
- Ontario Prospectors Association article on map staking pros and cons.
- OPA – Map staking is coming
- BC Business article on map staking
I’ve gone through these and compiled the arguments for and against map staking in the table below. Feel free to suggest other Pros or Cons or to point out some other reference article we should add. I’ll update this periodically.
|1. Physical entry to stake upsets land owners and aboriginal groups.||1. Loss of income to bush workers, rural residents, including First Nations.|
|2. Certainty of tenure: uncertainty about whether the physical staking was done properly is removed||2. Loss of business to staking contractors, helicopter companies, hotels, lumber yards, etc.|
|3. More exploration dollars would go into the ground rather than staking.||3. Large companies with deep pockets can get large land packages more easily and quickly.|
|4. No damage to timber or other resources by physical staking.||4. Because it is difficult to get large blocks staked without competition, land gets split among competing companies and this spurs more exploration than would occur is a single company got the ground.|
|5. Safer – eliminates possibility of anyone getting hurt / killed while staking.||5. Problems with legacy claims: they may not be accurately plotted on the map.|
|6. No delays in obtaining title.||6. No more staking rushes with their consequent economic benefits.|
|7. No disputes over title from overstaking or incorrect staking.||7. Duty and right to enter Crown Land to stake supports the right to enter and mine – cements right of entry.|
|8. Cost of staking in remote areas prices the small guy out of the market.||8. Speculators or environmental groups could easily acquire mineral rights – preventing, delaying or hampering exploration by bona fide explorers.|
|9. Protects a discovery by allowing a prospect to quickly tie up the adjoining ground.||9. Easier to be sure you are on your own mineral property.|
|10. Minimizes conflicts with First Nations – especially over burial sites, camps, etc.||10. Elevated fees go straight to government with no benefit to northerners.|
|11. Levels the playing field between big companies and prospectors; easy access for both.||11. Mineral discoveries sometimes made during staking.|
|12. The lag between staking and recording causes stakers to waste money staking over ground already staked.||12. No chance to spot environmental problems with map staking; you may see these while physically staking.|
|13. Physical staking causes environmental damage.||13. Allows big companies to quickly tie up ground before any competitors can get in.|
|14. No need for claims inspectors.||14. Problems in Quebec with simultaneous applications: who got the ground?|
|15. No controls on the number of claims that can be acquired on any given day to prevent speculative parties from acquiring entire townships of claims. No one has come up with an effective way to do this. Proxy staking will take place under the names of employees, agents, etc.|
|16. The policy of requiring large deposits of money for work as a condition of staking is a sure way to completely eliminate the individual prospector.|
|17. Map staking allowed a man in BC to cheaply harass his neighbor buy buying the mineral rights to his land.|
|18. Speculators tie up ground: “When some guy can sit in his living room and stake B.C. claims for 40 cents a hectare, online staking is too easy,”|
|19. Map staking allows people from anywhere to easily stake, creating problems with First Nations:The problems associated with free entry have been exacerbated by online registration, introduced in B.C. in 2005. In the past, First Nations people might at least encounter a prospector staking a claim on the land. Now, a claim can be filed from anywhere in the world, and Takla receives no notice.|