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Obama Administration Moves to Block Mining Near Yellowstone

Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration’s eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office.

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Update: People v. Rinehart


The law is on our side, but we’ve seen some crazy rulings coming out of courtrooms lately. I believe Rinehart will win his case, but then we move on to the State Water Resources Control Board.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Idaho maintains control
• Enough wilderness already
• Restraining the EPA
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• Bill supporting small miners
• New mercury emission regs
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• EPA gets caught
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Captain Obvious Strikes Again


The paper’s crack reporters filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding public release of “secret” emails explaining why the Interior Department recommended, and President Trump approved, shrinking Bears’ Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments.

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.

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• Refunds coming to Nevada claimholders
• More wilderness proposed
• Forest Service planning rule

Small Miner Beats Forest Service in Court


Thomas Tierney has been a long-time subscriber to ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and has read about the many battles between miners and overzealous regulators. Then he faced his own battle.

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