Mother Lode Vs. Mother Nature

Archaic U.S. mining laws could let a Canadian gold rush threaten Yellowstone National Park

Guerrilla theater note, environmental division, bad-pun subdivision: last month Sierra Club members in Jackson, Wyoming, operating as the Not Yours, Mine, Mining Co., staked a claim to U.S. Forest Service land, now leased to the Snow King Resort and used for a ski lift. The point was to demonstrate that under archaic U.S. law, such claiming of the right to lease public land for mining is entirely legal. At press time, plans for actual mining were not firm.

The Sierra Club cutups are not the most impudent manipulators of bad U.S. mine law. New techniques for extracting bullion from low-grade ore...

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