Legislative and Regulatory Update
December 2018 by Scott Harn
- November elections
- Anti-mining ballot initiative rejected in Montana
- EPA ends "sue and settle"
- Sage grouse mineral withdrawal cancelled
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.
Logging on federal land plummeted—over 84% since the 1980s. And that management tool was replaced with—nothing.
• US Supreme Court may consider requirements for Notitce of Intent
• Oregon considering mining restrictions
• Latest developments in California suction dredging moratorium
• Spotted owl habitat
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.
I found I could not go prospecting in areas where I did not have a mining claim and the Forest Service thought my mere presence was a danger to the forest.
The very way it was done at the time didn’t give one much confidence in the objectivity and honesty of the BLM study.
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