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Legislative and Regulatory Update


  • PLF files petition with US Supreme Court on behalf of Oregon miners
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund abuse by Forest Service
  • Army asks for REE proposals

PLP Update: Back to The 'Swamp' on Behalf of Small Miners


We spent the morning in a meeting with one of the higher-ups at the US Forest Service. I presented him with 412 complaints received from our readers, along with a summary of the complaints to make his job easier.

Disturbing Trend: Federal Judges Disregard Mining Laws


Recently, a left-leaning Arizona federal judge, James Soto, who is an Obama appointee, shut down a proposed copper mining project for the flimsiest of reasons. He basically disregarded and rewrote federal mining law.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• It's almost November
• Two federal land managers found guilty of contempt
• A chance to halt additional wilderness in Southern California
• Oregon mineral withdrawal
• A really good reason to get out and vote in Oregon

PLP and MMAC Update


The current administration is receptive; we believe the time is ripe to push for a return to reasonable regulations and to restore mining to a priority for public lands as long as some new crisis doesn’t take precedent.

Addressing EPA Overreach: What Dredgers Need to Know


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been attempting to extend their authority and intimidate miners and other public land users for decades. Suction gold dredgers are no exception, and we want to highlight a recent example of how to deal with this federal overreach.

Modern-Day Claim Jumping


We soon found that our discovery post and other claim markers were gone and replaced with new posts and a notice of location with an earlier date than had been on our notice of location.

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