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  • The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law

    The Forest Service battles placer mining with an obscure law

    A little-known 1955 law gives the Forest Service a way to shut down placer mining claims along some Western rivers.

  • The Great Salt Lake's dirty little secret

    Utah’s Great Salt Lake is loaded with mercury, and scientists are trying to figure out whether Nevada’s gold mines are part of the problem

  • Gold mining proposed in historic South Passarea

    A Canadian mining company, the Fremont Gold Corporation, plans to dig 200 test pits for a possible mining operation five miles from the South Pass National Historic Landmark in Wyoming, where wagon trains once traveled

  • Hobby miners flock to public streams

    Amateur gold prospectors are invading the West’s publicly owned streams, and environmentalists say the hobby’s popularity threatens fish and the environment

  • We’ve seen enough destruction from mining

    The writer says acid-mine drainage lasts forever, and that’s why Montanans should retain their ban against gold mining using cyanide

  • A Colorado corporation throws its weight around in Montana

    The writer attacks a mining company for bankrolling a ballot initiative in Montana that would allow cyanide heap-leach mining to resume

  • More precious than gold?

    After 18 years, agreements pave the way for a mine on Buckhorn Mountain

  • Bears and bull trout may block mine

    A judge rules that constructing the Rock Creek Mine would jeopardize threatened populations of grizzly and bull trout in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of Montana

  • Mining research tool debuts on Web

    The Environmental Working Group has a new Web site, "Who owns the West," which gives users a comprehensive look at mining claims on public lands

  • Mining rules put industry on rocky ground

    Industry officials say that two new regulations could mean the end of gold-mining in California

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