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States to Govern Own Roadless Areas

There are strong opinions on both sides after the Bush administration issued a rule ending the Clinton-era Roadless Rule.

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Beach Mining for Gold


Commonly these layers contain small particles of gold and platinum, and in places where they are sufficiently concentrated, the metallic particles are abundant enough to be extracted profitably.

The Basics of Small-Scale Heap Leaching with Cyanide Part I—History, Suitablility and Permitting


Hardrock mining is usually done on a large scale, and although a few small-scale hardrock operations still exist, it’s not an easy operation to start up and run profitably.

Environmentalists Target Pebble Mine


Environmentalists are attempting to turn the jewelry industry against Alaska’s Pebble Mine before the project even gets fully under way.

Contrary to Rumors, Couple Will Keep the Saddle Ridge Hoard


Some media outlets have speculated the hoard of coins came from a theft at the old US Mint in San Francisco that was reported in 1901.

Using Mineral Deposit Models


Mineral deposit models have been used in mineral exploration for thousands of years. They were obviously not called models as we use the term today, but the idea of accumulating data to predict mineral deposits is the same. Models can be valuable tools in mineral exploration and assessment and are routinely used by major mining companies in locating and evaluating mineral deposits.

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.

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