Legislative and Regulatory Update
January 2019 by Scott Harn
- Zinke leaving office
- Property rights triumph over critical habitat says Supreme Court
- Water of the United States
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.
Bottom line for you fellow miners: file your claims now in these areas or risk being forever locked out!
• Judge orders reconsideration of “bi-state” sage grouse population in California and Nevada
• Environmental groups attempt to reinstate hard rock rule
• Reopening closed areas
In May 2017, the district participated in a meeting with representatives from several state and federal agencies where they educated agency officials about the authority of Mining Districts, Mining Law and miner’s rights.
• Oregon passes SB 838
• Meanwhile, in California
Manderfield’s ruling opens the way for Kennecott Eagle to begin blasting. The company has declined to say when it will start. A spokeswoman said drilling would begin “in the coming weeks".
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