Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: Federal Policy and 1872 Mining Law Reform

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” held November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop notes are not available for this session.

Synopsis: This panel is aimed at helping Californians understand this old and powerful law that declares mining as the “best highest use of land.”  A national effort to reform this law to require full mitigation of all impacts of any new mining, and to add a “precious metals fee” that will generate funds for legacy abandoned mine clean-up will be explained.  Facilitator Tom Mooers, Sierra Watch.

Click on the speaker below to see their presentation (if available)

Velma Smith, Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Campaign for Mining Reform and the reasons behind their call for reform of the 1872 Mining Law

Lauren Pagel, EARTHWORKS: Her organization’s activities and the reasons behind their call for reform of the 1872 Mining Law

Bob Joehnck, The Sierra Fund: How the 1872 Mining Law impacts efforts in California to remediate abandoned mines