April 2012 by Chris RalphWe all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.
Nevada’s attorney general for the first time is joining a rural county in a 15-year-old legal battle...
Landowners complained that mineral mining on or near their property could damage property values while leaving them without a cut of potential profits.
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• Oregon passes SB 838
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