Court of Appeals: Feds have jurisdiction over surface mining

Oklahoma
The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals showed sympathy for the Oklahoma situation even as a state court denied a request to restore its regulatory authority over surface mining operations.(Committee photo / Oklahoma Department of Mines) A federal appeals court has shown sympathy for Oklahoma's situation, as a state court denied a request to restore its regulatory authority over surface mining operations. One of the main issues in the case is whether the mining was done on Indian land, and the US Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McGirt v. Oklahoma according to the Court of Appeals it was declared to be so. The law clearly grants the federal government jurisdiction over state surface mining, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. The fact that everyone involved believed that surface…
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