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Comstock Mining Gets Approval

The approval, which affects 87 acres on the south end of Silver City, allows the company to move forward with exploration to determine the area's mining potential.

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Dredge Mining—Current Situation in Idaho


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If you take the time to read the instructions that are included with a 404 permit application you will find the words “other than incidental fallback” in the application instructions.

Minnesota Delays Decision on Mineral Leases


Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Flurry of new bills in Congress
• Gold mining bills in Washington State
• Idaho suction dredging bill
• California suction dredging update
• PLP fundraising drive

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