Legislative and Regulatory Update
October 2015 by Scott Harn• Anti-dredging bill SB 637 passes
...Judge Ochoa ordered the parties to participate in mandatory settlement hearings starting June 24, 2014.
The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.
If you do not have the time to read the entire document, I would suggest starting with the Executive Summary that begins on page 80.
The Bureau of Land Management announced an increase in location filing fees and annual maintenance fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites and tunnel sites.
In other words, just like those that move next to an airport and then complain about the noise, Mr. Riskedahl deliberately went out of his way to “witness and document the effects of suction dredge mining,” and when he found some, he was annoyed by it!
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