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.
The Bureau of Land Management announced an increase in location filing fees and annual maintenance fees for unpatented mining claims, mill sites and tunnel sites.
• US District Court rules against Oregon miners
• Bill to halt sage grouse management plans introduced.
• Congress heading into summer recess
• Maintenance fees due!
• Critical minerals obtain national security status
• Idaho to take over EPA permitting
• More roadblocks to dredging in California
• Two Oregon Sheriffs challenge Forest Service authority
• Gold is money
• Congress deals with other priorities
• Alaska miners get relief on state lands
• CA Fish & Game Final SEIR
• Positive news from California?
• Still no results in Wisconsin
• Give us back our lands
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