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Detecting Clay Seams


Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Anti-dredging bill SB 637 passes

Prospectors Protest San Gabriel Mountains National Monument


More than 100 gold prospectors gathered at Azusa Canyon in the recently declared San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in southern California to voice their concerns…
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Small-scale and commercial suction gold dredges.

MMAC & PLP Update


Keep in mind there are specific steps that must be taken to get your traditional mining district organized if it has fallen into disarray.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• EPA gets caught
• Suction dredging update

Retired Geologist Warned Public of Pending EPA Disaster


Retired geologist Dave Taylor of Farmington, New Mexico, predicted the disaster in a letter published by the Silverton Standard a week before it occurred.
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MMAC & PLP Update -- 2015 Minerals and Mining Regulatory Reform Act


Is there any hope for a solution? Yes, there is, and we’ve been working with Public Lands for the People, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council, attorney James Buchal and others on that solution.

AMRA Takes On USFS in Idaho


Mr. Hughes was obviously shaken by our interaction and we are quite confident he assumed we were all missing teeth, long-haired, uneducated, backwoods miners who would immediately become submissive. That didn’t happen...

Emergency Dredging Closures in Washington State


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issued emergency rules without public comment just prior to our publication deadline.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Lawsuits galore
• Suction dredging saga continues
• HR 1937 to streamline permitting, remove obstacles to miners
• Sage-grouse debate continues
• More National Monuments

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• WOTUS
• Sheriff withdraws Forest Service law enforcement authority

MMAC & PLP Update


On July 4, we are reminded of the sacrifices our Founding Fathers made to establish this great country of ours, and in that spirit, the Minerals and Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) has created a draft Declaration of Miners.And MMAC has been hard at work writing a bill, with the unwavering support of several members of Congress, to reaffirm the rights of miners operating in traditional mining districts.
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Charles P. Watson, Chief Geologist

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California dredging update
• Favorable bills in Congress

Direct and Constructive Notice


It's a proven civil remedy to put an end to harassment by notifying a person who is either overstepping their authority, or failing to act as required, that they will be sued personally for an act or omission.

Update on MMAC & PLP


Public Lands for the People is working on a Miner's Bill of Rights with the support of several members of Congress.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


Suction dredging court cases in California linger on

Our Readers Say


Then I had one of my worst experiences as a prospector when I visited the US Forest Service office for this area.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• Positive bill passes House
• Anti-mining bill dies in Washington State
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State Lends Help to County in Nevada Road Fight


Nevada’s attorney general for the first time is joining a rural county in a 15-year-old legal battle...

Utah Approves funds to Fight Feds


Republican legislators say the funding is necessary to protect state interests...

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