Legislative and Regulatory Update
July 2017 by Scott Harn
- Property rights advocate in running for top BLM spot
- “Draining the swamp” at Interior
• Some good news for a change
• New 49ers win Karuk appeal
• Another Oregon bill of concern
• Not so happy birthday
• Even more support for the PLP
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.
• More roadblocks in southern California
• Greater Sage-grouse withdrawals
In May, 2016, the Andersons received a letter from Steve Niemela at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife requesting access to their property to conduct surveys for “foothill yellow-legged frogs and other amphibians.”
The one legal entity that can change the game and provide a path and template to protect landowners and public land users across the United States is the miner.
A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit filed by opponents of a Tucson-area mine that had accused the US Forest Service of violating two federal laws in its handling of the mine issue.
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