Legislative and Regulatory Update
January 2011 by Scott Harn• California suction dredgers had better prepare for battle
- EPA ends "sue and settle"
- Sage grouse mineral withdrawal cancelled
• "Recreational" mining bills in Washington State
• Three more national monuments
Fishing, camping and the protection of American Indian artifacts along a 30-mile section of the North Fork of the Clearwater River outweigh the desire of placer miners to search for gold, an attorney representing the US Forest Service said.
• US District Court rules against Oregon miners
• Bill to halt sage grouse management plans introduced.
• SB 637
• Public land users cry "fowl"
We can’t say it wasn’t expected. The California Department of Fish & Game released revised suction gold dredging regulations on February 17, 2012, and it’s obvious the agency wants to make life as difficult as possible for dredgers.
• No Adventure Pass needed
• Supreme Court of Canada rules on aboriginal title claims
• No agreement reached in suction gold dredge permitting case
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