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New Mexico Reaches $32M Settlement Over 2015 Gold King Mine Spill


The New Mexico settlement marks just the latest reached over the past year. Colorado and the Navajo Nation also have inked multimillion-dollar agreements…

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• All bark but no bite
• Company looks to restart mining in Wisconsin

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Environmental groups push for more ESA listings
• Proposed grant program to recruit mining engineering students

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PLP Update & Legislative and Regulatory Update


I’m combining these columns this month because there is an overlapping issue I wanted to address -- the new Interior Department “working group” on mining reform

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Another setback for Twin Metals
• US Supreme Court to review case that challenges WOTUS

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• WOTUS definition is changing again
• BLM HQ on the move again

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Big banks penalized for rigging gold price
• Mining royalties excluded from reconciliation bill

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Senators object to “Build Back Better” royalty provision
• Biden reverses Utah monument reductions
• Eco-terrorist confirmed

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• BLM is moving back to DC?
• Gray wolf re-listed?
• EPA to redefine WOTUS again

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Colorado Miner Sues EPA Over 2015 Spill


Hennis claims that months later and without his permission, the EPA built a $2.3 million water treatment facility on the property and the agency continues treating water and storing waste there.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• New, damning revelations about Biden nominee to head BLM

Reminder: Annual Claim Filings and Fees Due


Mining claimants who wish to retain their mining claims on Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands through the 2022 assessment year must pay a maintenance fee or file a maintenance fee waiver certificate on or before September 1, 2021, to prevent forfeiture.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Actions speak louder than words
• Biden nominee for BLM director has ties to eco-terrorist groups

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Biden administration considers ban on new mining
• 30 x 30 Termination Act

Opinion: Another Attack on Oregon’s Rural Communities


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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Governors push back on Biden’s public lands acquisition plan

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Haaland confirmed as head of Department of Interior
• Proposed bills aim to lock up millions of acres of public lands
• Recall election could have implications for dredgers in California

Administration Offers Up Conflicting Goals and Executive Orders


To reach this goal, our federal government would need to designate another 45.7 million acres as protected lands every year.

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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Additional access restrictions proposed in Arizona
• Oregon senators introduce bill to place state rivers and streams off-limits

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Resolution Copper project moves closer to fruition in Arizona

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