Legislative and Regulatory Update
March 2012 by Scott Harn• California suction dredging regulations
• Draft Coho recovery plan for Southern Oregon, Northern California
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.
• Bills introduced to stop federal management of greater sage grouse
• WOTUS under review
• Congressional Review Act
The settlement did not grant an immediate approval for the project, but it did begin to clear the way for the company to apply for federal permits—a path the Obama administration previously had thwarted.
We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.
The paper’s crack reporters filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding public release of “secret” emails explaining why the Interior Department recommended, and President Trump approved, shrinking Bears’ Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.
As prospectors, we cannot just roll over and continue to ignore the shift in public land management from multiple use to national preserve.
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