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Appeals Court OKs Permits for Upper Peninsula Mine

The $800 million project will provide 300 jobs during production. It will be the only US mine where nickel is the primary targeted mineral, with about 360 million pounds to be extracted.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Tucson-Area Mine


A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by opponents of a Tucson-area mine that had accused the US Forest Service of violating two federal laws in its handling of the mine issue.

Because I Said So


Like all federal judges, he swore an oath to perform his duties “impartially… under the Constitution and laws of the U.S.” Nothing in those documents gives Judge Morris authority to order the BLM to work with non-government organizations (the same ones that filed the lawsuit in question) to alter America’s use of energy.

Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption


Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Critical minerals obtain national security status
• Idaho to take over EPA permitting

Oregon Anti-Dredging Bill


SB 765...would tax suction gold dredgers by charging a $50 annual fee for in-state dredgers and a whopping $2,500 fee for out-of-state dredgers for each county where the miner intends to dredge.

Oregon Dredge Permit Litigation Update


In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!

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