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People v. Rinehart

ELR Case

The Supreme Court of California held that the state's moratorium on the use of suction dredges to mine gold from rivers was not preempted by federal mining law. The case arose after an individual challenged his conviction for the...

Mining in Colombia and Environmental Justice: How the “Popular Consultation” Process Works in Practice

ELR Article

This Article examines how the Latin American procedure of “popular consultation” has been used as a mechanism for resisting the development of an open-pit gold mine in Colombia, and analyzes how Colombian communities are using the...

Beatty v. Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission

ELR Case

A Washington appellate court upheld a state agency's decision to issue a hydraulic mining permit to an individual on the condition that he limit his suction dredging operations within a specified two-week work period. The individual...

Karuk Tribe of California v. United States Forest Service

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit held that a U.S. Forest Service decision that a proposed mining operation may proceed based on the miner's notice...