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Trip to “The Swamp” on Behalf of Small Miners


Besides the EPA issue, our major priority is to work on the proposed amendment to the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (S 145), a bill proposed in the Senate by US Senator Dean Heller (R-Nevada).

Tasers and Mining Don't Mix


First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Battle continues in Oregon
• Stop annexation in Southern California
• EPA ignores Supreme Court ruling with new Idaho permit
• Alaska sues Feds to restore access rights
• California dredgers await next big court date

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • Oregon miners to petition for US Supreme Court review
  • Two executive orders to reign in federal agencies
  • Petition for Joshua tree as a threatened species

Today's MSHA


We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.

Feds Challenge North Idaho Mining Claims


Fishing, camping and the protection of American Indian artifacts along a 30-mile section of the North Fork of the Clearwater River outweigh the desire of placer miners to search for gold, an attorney representing the US Forest Service said.

Record $11 Million Fine for California Mine


State regulators imposed a record $11 million fine on the operators of a gold mine in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento.

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