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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California suction dredging trial resumes
• USFS tries unique method to restrict gold dredging in Idaho
• Defiant dredgers tell State of Oregon to “drop dead”

MMAC & PLP Update -- 2015 Minerals and Mining Regulatory Reform Act


Is there any hope for a solution? Yes, there is, and we’ve been working with Public Lands for the People, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council, attorney James Buchal and others on that solution.

Lawsuit Update From the New 49'ers


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.

Ask The Experts: Should I take my claim access problems to the Desert Advisory Council?


Q: The nearest access to the claim is a half mile walk, which is tough for a lode claim.

Vindication for Montana Veteran Joe Robertson


Under the previous administration, the EPA declared the ditch was a federally-protected waterway, and Robertson needed a federal permit under the Clean Water Act.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • House appropriations bills introduced
  • Two Minnesota hardrock mining leases reinstated
  • Equal Access to Justice Act

PLP Update


We are in the planning stages for our next trip to DC. Clark and I are looking at returning after the mid-term elections, probably around the end of November or early December, to continue discussions with members of Congress…

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