Legislative and Regulatory Update
June 2018 by Scott Harn
• Judge orders reconsideration of “bi-state” sage grouse population in California and Nevada
• Environmental groups attempt to reinstate hard rock rule
The ESA has become an unwieldy beast that was hijacked by government agencies run amok, and by extreme environmental groups who saw it as a way to lock up public lands and to generate income through exaggerated claims and continuous lawsuits.
- DOI to address threatened species
- 141 Confirmations still pending
- California withdrawals canceled
• Critical minerals obtain national security status
• Idaho to take over EPA permitting
• Critical minerals a priority
• Montana miners win again
• MSHA backs down
• Environmental groups as foreign agents
First, the US Forest Service does not have any authority to enforce or administer any “claim jumping” laws, period.
We spent the morning in a meeting with one of the higher-ups at the US Forest Service. I presented him with 412 complaints received from our readers, along with a summary of the complaints to make his job easier.
The verdict capped an unusual civil case that combined history, coin collecting and whether the $20 “double eagles” ever legally left the US Mint.
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