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The mining law : a study in perpetual motion

Author: John D Leshy
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
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In this highly entertaining as well as profoundly scholarly study of the 1872 Mining Law, John Leshy has produced both a legal treatise and a history of the West written from the vantage point of mineral exploration and production. The Mining Law illuminates some of the more obscure corners of Western history, federal land and resource policy, and the relationships among various branches of government in making and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Leshy, John D.
Mining Law : A Study in Perpetual Motion.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John D Leshy
ISBN: 9781135887469 1135887462
OCLC Number: 876512693
Notes: Curiosities of Contest Proceedings.
Description: 1 online resource (540 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; 1 Introduction; 2 Origins; 3 The Mining Law: An Overview; 4 Free Access: A History of Its Decline; Original Restrictions on Free Access; Explicit; Implied; Other Denials or Restrictions of Free Access; 5 Success, Abuse, and Difficulty: The Up and Down Sides of Free Access in Operation; Success: Free Access and Mineral Discoveries; Abuse: Free Access for Nonmining Uses; Exemplary Cases of Abuse; The ""Good Faith"" Doctrine; Agency Tolerance of Abuse; Attempts at Reform; Continuing Abuse. Difficulties: Nuisances and Stale ClaimsCosts of Free Access; 6 Of Anachronisms, Ambiguities, and Frustration: The Mining Law's Ingenious Machinery in Operation; Threshold Ambiguities: Where and to What Does the Law Apply?; Some Hopeless Anachronisms; Exploration Security: The Pedis Possessio Problem; Diligent Development and Its Absence; 7 Evolution of the Law of Discovery; The Discovery Requirement in Context; The Necessity of, and Difficulties with, Definitions; The Evolution of Standards for Determining Whether Lands Were Mineral in Character. The Relationship Between Discovery and the Concept of ""Mineral""Standards for Determining Discovery of Valuable Mineral Deposits; Origin of the Prudent Person Test; The Comparative Value Test; The Prudent Person Test in the Modern Era: Reemergence of the Marketability Test; 8 The Law of Discovery Today: Policy and Applications; The Law of Discovery: A Policy Evaluation; The Law of Discovery: Modern Applications; The Teaching of Other Laws; Conclusion; 9 The Problem of Scale: Multiple Claims and the Mining Law; The Legality of Locating Multiple Claims; Multiple Claims and Discovery. Amendment and Relocation of ClaimsSecuring Land for Ancillary Facilities; 10 Regulating Mining Law Activities to Protect the Environment; Precursors to Modern Environmental Regulation; Modern Regulation: Protecting Against Pollution; Modern Regulation: Protecting the Land-the Federal Land Management Agencies; Department of the Interior Authority; Department of Agriculture Authority; Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Surface Management Regulations; Modern Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Land and Resource Planning. The National Environmental Policy Act and Agency RegulationAgency Environmental Regulation and the Discovery Issue; Other Avenues to Protect the Environment; Partnership or Preemption? State and Local Regulation; The Mining Law and the Environment: A Contemporary Assessment; 11 The Special Problem of Wilderness; 12 The Split Estate: Federal Minerals under Privately Owned Surface; 13 Administering the Mining Law: The Role of the Executive and the Courts; The Federal Executive: From Stakeholder to Supervisor, Regulator, and Sometime Adversary; The Problem of Standing.
Responsibility: John D. Leshy.

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In this highly entertaining as well as profoundly scholarly study of the 1872 Mining Law, John Leshy has produced both a legal treatise and a history of the West written from the vantage point of mineral exploration and production. The Mining Law illuminates some of the more obscure corners of Western history, federal land and resource policy, and the relationships among various branches of government in making and carrying out policy. For more than a century the mining of hard-rock minerals in the United States has been carried out under this law, which was written to promote mineral developme.

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