5th Circuit Ruling May Benefit Miners
April 2011 by Scott HarnThis ruling comes at an opportune time, just as suction dredge miners are dealing with new proposed regulations in several western states. Be sure to cite this case when you provide comments on the regulations!
If you do not have the time to read the entire document, I would suggest starting with the Executive Summary that begins on page 80.
In May 2017, the district participated in a meeting with representatives from several state and federal agencies where they educated agency officials about the authority of Mining Districts, Mining Law and miner’s rights.
Many of you are aware that we have been engaged in litigation with anti-mining activists that have been attacking us through the Karuk Tribe of California since 2003. It all started with their lawsuit against the US Forest Service (USFS), challenging that District Rangers do not have the authority to allow small-scale mining activities under a Notice of Intent (NOI) when the Ranger concludes that the mining activity is not likely to create a substantial surface disturbance.
- Interior Department reigns in “sue and settle”
- Comments needed on Forest Service Part 228 regulations
• Anti-dredging bill SB 637 passes
• New, damning revelations about Biden nominee to head BLM
For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.
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