- Though inconsistent with many economic
standards for resource policy, the Mining Act of
1872 is still a valid management priority on
federal lands throughout the western U.S. When
the Law was enacted, its stated objective was to
promote private development of federally held
minerals. However, the Act's free access
provisions, the lack of substantial pre-discovery
rights, and the retention of outdated claim size
limitations are examples of the Law's many
problems for commercial mineral developers. No
legislative direction has been given since 1872.
The longevity of this law is largely the result
of the political strength of small-scale miners
who fear exclusion from deposits by corporate
mineral developers, and the dislike shared by all
miners for leasing programs proposed by
environmental and administrative reformers.
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