Thursday, January 28, 2016

AP Newsbreak: Nevada seeks change in sage grouse mining rule

 The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds.

Gov. Brian Sandoval maintains his alternative would exclude only about 6 percent of the federal land the government has temporarily withdrawn from future mineral development in Nevada, where previously unverified mining claims are effectively frozen across 4,200 square miles — a swath nearly as large as the state of Connecticut......

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