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Endangered Species Act is a Mess

You’ve likely read about some of the problems with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Legislative Update section, and in previous issues of our publication. The problems never seem to end, and it is way past the time for reform. A current story highlights some of these problems.

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Ask The Experts: How to remove precious metals from lead?


I have a large amount of precious metals, gold and silver, mixed in with lead. Cupelling is expensive. What method can I use to extract the gold and silver without cupelling?

Update on MMAC & PLP


I’ve fielded a few questions following several articles we published last month on the creation of the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) and the return to traditional mining districts. Some of those questions have been very good and I’m going to answer them here for the benefit of all our readers.

Huge Nugget To Be Auctioned


A 56-pound (25-kilogram) nugget belonging to an Australian prospector is 80 percent to 90 percent high-purity gold, University of Southern California scientists confirmed recently.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Bill to address Forest Service Travel Management restrictions
• Suction gold dredging challenge finally under way
• EPA nullification bill fails in Idaho
• Another bad bill

Fields of Gold


Imagine being able to get gold from plants. This phenomenon is called phytomining. But it’s not as easy, or as profitable, as it sounds. You may have heard of phytoremediation—the process of extracting metal contaminants from soil.

So Where's The Gold?


...we finally got back to this exploration effort. The old works there were up above the old camp, which was very significant in size.

What is a Mining Right?


A mining right is a powerful and not commonly understood concept that is all too often watered down by agency regulatory interference...

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