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Dredge Mining—Current Situation in Idaho

Tomten concedes the scenario of federal environmental agents swooping in on river dredges near historic mining towns like Idaho City, Rocky Bar or Placerville remains unlikely.

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• Trump wins!
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• CA Water Board dredge meetings

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• PLP continues the fight for miners' rights
• Oregon miners fight back
• Bills address strategic minerals

Disturbing Trend: Federal Judges Disregard Mining Laws


Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.

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