Legislation & Regulation
The Senator’s office was very receptive to the small miner’s plight and was unaware of the dire problems created by the over-regulation of small-scale mining from so many different fronts. It was pointed out that S 145 may help the large mining companies a little, but falls woefully short in addressing the needs of small operators who make up 85% of domestic mines.
Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) founder Joe Martori met with Jim Scrivner, the Bureau of Land Management Deputy State Director of Energy and Minerals in Sacramento, California...
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.
- EPA declines to impose additional regulations and financial requirements on hardrock miners
- “Baffling” ruling in suction gold dredging court case
- Bill to limit Antiquities Act
- PLF seeks relief from Endangered Species Act abuses
- EPA ends "sue and settle"
- Sage grouse mineral withdrawal cancelled
- Budd-Falen in line to become next director at BLM
- Ten national monuments slated for changes or reductions
- California adds another fee
- PLF sues over critical habitat
- Attorney General ends EPA slush fund
“We feel that we can clean up an area that has been abandoned after 100 years of mining,” Lyon said.
- Reminder: Annual claim fees due September 1, 2017
- Update on California suction gold dredging
The settlement did not grant an immediate approval for the project, but it did begin to clear the way for the company to apply for federal permits—a path the Obama administration previously had thwarted.
- Property rights advocate in running for top BLM spot
- “Draining the swamp” at Interior
In May 2017, the district participated in a meeting with representatives from several state and federal agencies where they educated agency officials about the authority of Mining Districts, Mining Law and miner’s rights.
Oregon Senate passes Senate Bill 3