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SB 838 and the Salem Witch Hunt


In every sense, this was a witch hunt with a preconceived agenda to heavily restrict or outright prohibit most small-scale mining in Oregon.

MMAC & PLP Update


We have been playing defense for 100% of the game, and now we are finally playing some offense.

Time to File Claims in Southern California


Bottom line for you fellow miners: file your claims now in these areas or risk being forever locked out!
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What Is Incidental Fallback?


If you take the time to read the instructions that are included with a 404 permit application you will find the words “other than incidental fallback” in the application instructions.

Colorado Disputes Key Part of EPA Mine Report


King’s letter is a blow to the EPA’s contention that outside technical experts supported its plan to push a drainage pipe through debris covering the entrance to the Gold King Mine…

Feinstein Pushes for Million-Acre Land Grab


Met by jeers and cheers from more than 1,000 people, US Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) made another pitch to create three new national monuments in the deserts of southern California recently.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


• SB 637
• Public land users cry "fowl"

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
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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…

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
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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.

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...
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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.

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
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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.

Legislative and Regulatory Update


• California dredging update
• Favorable bills in Congress

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