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PRESS RELEASE: National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 13, 2017 National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals Last Minute Land Grab in OR & MN Kills Jobs and Harms Public Education This week, the Obama administration has undertaken more land withdrawals in the waning hours of its administration. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will add 42,000 acres of public land […]

AEMA Applauds State Land Commissioner Association Mineral Withdrawal Opposition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 14, 2016 AEMA Applauds State Land Commissioner Association Mineral Withdrawal Opposition State Trust Land Group Passes Resolution Calling on BLM to End is Epic Land Grab Yesterday, the Western State Land Commissioner Association (WSLCA) passed a resolution calling on the BLM to end its 10 million acre land withdrawal for the protection […]

Oregon Passes New Mining Law

The Oregon legislature has adjourned for the year. With an unprecedented 22+ mining related bills, NWMA was busy fighting back many attacks on our industry.  What began as an attempt to ban all placer mining in the state was successfully defeated as were most all of the bills.

One bill did however pass the legislature and will go into effect. Oregon will now cap the number of suction dredge permits on state lands and impose additional fees until 2016. In the interim, a stakeholder group will be convened to draft a more permanent suction dredge law. The Governor’s office has extended a future invitation to NWMA to participate in that group. While this outcome was not the most desired, it was the result of a lot of hard work and negotiations in the midst of an overwhelming anti-mining majority.

You can access the final legislation here.

A special thank you to Rich Angstrom of the Oregon Concrete & Aggregate Producers for all of his support and partnership during this session