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Oregon Miners File Immediate Appeal of Federal Court Ruling

Oregon miners immediately appealed the March 29th ruling of Magistrate Judge Clark of the 9th Circuit Court. Judge Clark's ruling rebuffed the miner's challenge to the Oregon motorized equipment ban. Relying largely on a belief miners could still use their hands to mine the judge found other forms of mining were availalbe to the miners and therefore the Oregon prohibition on motorized equipment didn't run afoul of the 1872 Mining Law.

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Mercury Levels Increasing Since 2009

After decades of testing water quality for mercury in dredging rivers the California Water Board inexplicably stops testing ...read more.

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Thousands of Mining Claims Available

Each year thousands of mining claims are forfeited or abandoned by their owners. This year is shaping up to be ...read more

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Pacific Legal Files Suit Against California

Pacific Legal Foundation representing the California files suit against the CDFW for failing to comply with the Endangered Species Act....read more

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Idaho Rules redefine what a significant surface disturbance is

In a recently released document the Idaho BLM and Forest Service redefine when a Plan of Operations is required....read more.

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Idaho Mining Bill Shot Down in Committee

An ambitious Idaho mining bill which would have exempted suction dredge miners from water quality laws was shot down again in committee. ...read more

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California Supreme Court Requests Supplemental Briefing on Effect of SB637

In a case with far reaching impacts for all miners, the California Supreme Court requested supplemental briefings...read more