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Suction Gold Dredge Miners Win On Federal Preemption

Judge Ochoa went so far as to call the California permit scheme “unenforceable.”

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• Oregon's attack on suction gold dredging
• New DOI Director nominated
• More Forest Service restrictions in the works
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The Disappearance of State Mining Departments


Unfortunately, mining is politically unpopular and support of the mining industry, no matter how many jobs it brings to a state, even in times of difficult financial need, is never popular among politicians of any stripe.

PLP Update


…I’ll be heading back to Washington, DC, on June 4 with Clark Pearson of PLP for nearly a week of meetings with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, US Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and numerous members of Congress in both the House and Senate.

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• California dredging update
• Favorable bills in Congress

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