• Posts by Martin P. Stratte
    Posts by Martin P. Stratte

    Marty is a natural resources and project development attorney who helps clients with property transactions, rezonings, and permitting throughout the US, including defense of permits that are challenged in court. He develops land ...

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The Mining Law of 1872 allows people to prospect for valuable minerals on public lands. Prospectors can “locate” or “stake” mining claims. In 1999, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) proposed a regulation to limit mining claimants from locating more than one mill site for each mining claim. Later, in 2003, BLM promulgated a Final Rule withdrawing the proposed 1999 regulation. In a decision filed on June 25, 2024, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to uphold the 2003 Final Rule.

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The Division of Mine Reclamation (DMR) has announced it will be taking “heightened efforts” to enforce regulatory compliance under the California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), the state’s comprehensive surface mining and reclamation program.  DMR’s objective is to “enable the highest standards of regulatory compliance and equity”.


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