02 Feb '18, 6pm

Following Trump Decision, Mining Claims Now Open on Utah Public Lands

Following Trump Decision, Mining Claims Now Open on Utah Public Lands

A decision by the Trump administration to withdraw federal protections from millions of acres of public land has taken effect, opening up parts of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah to new mining claims as of 6 a.m. February 2. Reuters reported that the process will be governed by the General Mining Law of 1872, which regulates hard rock mining claims such as gold, silver, copper, and uranium. Under this 19th-century federal statute, any private citizen or company can demarcate a claim, attach a written description of the claim, and record their lease at the Bureau of Land Management. They must pay a small filing fee and yearly maintenance fee for their new mineral rights, $212 and $150 respectively. The Trump administration’s massive reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments were announced in December. L...

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