October 11, 2003 |
The Bush administration announced Friday that it would start allowing companies that mine gold, silver and other precious metals as much public land as they need to help them develop their claims. The decision, a reinterpretation of the 1872 Mining Law, came in response to pressure from the mining industry and members of Congress in big mining states.
June 20, 2011 |
The Obama administration said it intended to place a 20-year ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres of land bordering the Grand Canyon, moving to protect an area that is a crucial water supply to the Southwest and where uranium mining claims have jumped 2,000% over the last seven years. The ban would extend a two-year moratorium established in 2009 but set to expire July 20. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the agency would extend it until December to allow time to complete the steps needed to enact the 20-year ban. Mines currently operating would be able to continue working.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2001 |
This isolated and rocky section of desert in the Imperial Valley is suddenly center stage in a national political fight over the Bush administration's effort to make it easier for mining companies to operate on federal land. In rules published Tuesday in the Federal Register, Interior Secretary Gale Norton said she is rolling back environmental restrictions placed on mining by the Clinton administration. Environmental groups are threatening to sue.
July 13, 1987 |
Major labor unrest was feared Sunday in South Africa after union officials said that 80,000 metalworkers had voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike. Walkouts by coal and gold miners were also possible. A strike by the 200,000 mine workers would be by far the most serious for South Africa's economy. These miners work in 27 gold pits and 18 collieries and make up nearly half the miners in South Africa, and the mines provide more than half of the country's export earnings.
May 9, 2002 |
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to stop permitting coal companies to put tons of dirt and rock from their mountaintop mining operations into streams and valleys, a practice that has permanently changed the topography of Appalachia. The ruling, which prohibits the Army Corps of Engineers from issuing new permits for piling leftover dirt and rock into streams, could greatly reduce mountaintop removal mining.
December 18, 1990 |
Welfare saps initiative, right? Generation after generation, it creates a culture of dependence. Sure. Doubters need only look to the minerals mining industry, a business so addicted to government handouts that it apparently can barely lift a shovel without taxpayer help. California is having a second great gold rush. It's a leader in boron and gypsum too, producing $3 billion a year in non-fuel minerals overall and ranking second only to Arizona.
October 26, 1992 |
The largest mass demonstration in years tied up central London on Sunday as an estimated 150,000 people turned out in support of threatened British miners. In driving rain, a well-behaved crowd formed behind colliery brass bands parading through the capital in a march that protested not only the government's announced closure of 31 mines but also the faltering economy.
November 18, 1995 |
Drawing little attention amid the broader federal budget debate, members of the House and Senate, backed by key figures in the mining industry, have carved out a far-reaching agreement that reverses policies and payment practices that have governed mining on public land for more than a century. Under the new provision, the federal government would for the first time collect royalties on gold, silver, lead, platinum and other hard-rock minerals extracted from federal property.