The 1872 Mining Law is a long-standing embarrassment, but Obama has shown no interest in dumping it-
During the primary election season when Obama first came out against significant reform of this land destroying, trillion* dollar give-away, I thought he had merely received bad advice. Raúl Grijalva’s fervent desire to end this law probably weighed heavily against him in consideration for the job as Secretary of Interior.
Interior nominee Salazar likely to push update, not overhaul, of mining law. By Lisa Mascaro. Las Vegas Sun.
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*That’s a trillion dollars over time, not an annual loss to the treasury