One would think that in Arizona, which has the worst mining laws and regulations of any state in the union, the mining industry would realize how good they’ve got it. However, in their quest to mine fettered only by the limits of their own greed, min
ing companies carp as loudly as ever about being over-burdened and over-regulated to death.
Mining companies trot out a list as long as your arm about how many reports and permits they are required to obtain. However, given the track record of the mining industry in Arizona, there is a good reason for regulation – for nearly 150 years, mining in Arizona has proven to be a social and environmental nightmare.
The truth however, is far different.