After watching the first episode of Season 15 of Bering Sea Gold last night, a lot of people are speculating about the Shawn Pomrenke vs. Kris Kelly feud.
One of the big questions is this: if Kris Kelly is such a nuisance to Mr. Gold, why doesn’t Shawn just kick him off the Tomcod claim?
Second, it’s not that simple.
Mr. Gold isn’t the full owner of Tomcod
Shawn isn’t a full 100% owner of Tomcod, he shares it with another guy. Both are authorized to allow offshore miners to work the lease and receive royalties from their work.
There are a lot of guys that work Tomcod that you don’t see on the show. Some of them work under Shawn’s authorization, and some work under McCully’s authorization.
Obviously if the Kelly’s were under Shawn’s authorization they would be gone already, but they’re not. That’s why they explained the crew member James was “grandfathered in” to working on Tomcod.
There’s a lot more to the story, but the point stands that Shawn, like the rest of us, sometimes just has to mine next to people he doesn’t like, and conflict can ensue.
Here’s my explanation.
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Brief history of Tomcod
Tomcod is the largest lease tract portrayed on the show. It’s a whopping 2000 acres and is actually made up of a number of smaller leases combined into one.
It’s changed hands many, many times over the years, and has been controlled by various individuals and mining corporations since it formed as an offshore prospecting permit issued by the state of Alaska in 1962.
It is one of the largest and most productive offshore gold leases in the Bering Sea, and continues to be worked by dredgers today.
With gold from the Bering Sea being some of the purest, it makes sense why everyone wants to mine on this lucrative lease.
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