Forest Service Seeks to Lock Miners Out in South Dakota
January 2016 by Associated Press
The fire started early October 4, destroying the Bureau of Land Management office on the edge of town within minutes.
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.
• EPA investigated for environmental ties
• Hundreds of miners show up to rally at Oregon State Capitol
• DOI nominee would be bad for miners
• BLM proposed budget asks for funds for mining restrictions
• Oregon bill 838
• California suction gold dredging update
Another California Assembly member, Jared Huffman, is attempting to ban dredging in the state on a more permanent basis.
You have made your presence known with the BLM or Forest Service, placed Mining District signs along the entrance points to your district, and found support with other local miners. But how do you gain popular support?
…I’ll be heading back to Washington, DC, on June 4 with Clark Pearson of PLP for nearly a week of meetings with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, US Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous members of Congress in both the House and Senate.
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