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  • 'You can't say no to mining'

    In an interview, former Department of Interior attorney John Leshy talks about the long battle for reform of the 1872 Mining Law, and how the Bush administration has helped to set back that reform.

  • 1872 Mining Law comes calling on Sun Valley

    The possibility of a new gold mine near Sun Valley ski area in Idaho causes a controversy over land use priorities.

  • A silver lining

    University of Montana economist Thomas Michael Power says the mining reform bill proposed by Rep. Nick Rahall will help the West economically.

  • America needs clean water – and mining law reform

    Tony Dean says it is way past time to modernize the 1872 Mining Law.

  • An 1872 law still calls the shots

    In Congress, the 1872 Mining Law still rules despite attempts to change it, but some think there is hope in the future for reasonable reform.

  • Babbitt attacks mining's gold heists

    Barrick Goldstrike Mines pays U.S. $10,000 for $10 billion in gold.

  • Babbitt moves on mining reform

    Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, frustrated in his attempts to reform the 1872 Mining Law, creates a task force to find ways to prevent environmental damage from mining without changing the law.

  • Babbitt protests a $1 billion giveaway

    Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt denounces the 1872 Mining Law for forcing him to sign over 110 acres of Idaho land worth $1 billion to a Danish mining company for $275.

  • Bipartisan uprising sinks public-lands selloff

    Reps. Richard Pombo’s and Jim Gibbons’ controversial proposal to sell off public lands was pulled after both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and citizens rallied against it

  • Blasting from the past: the 1872 Mining Law

    A brief glossary on the 1872 Mining Law.

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