After reading numerous posts, you guys have my utmost sympathy and respect in regards to your mining endeavours. I cannot believe the agency approvals and non sense that you have to deal with in the US (even Alaska!) In British Columbia, our permit applications are sent to ministry of mines and then they send it out to the various different branches of gov that may be affected. The other branches have 30 days to comment and if they do not within that timeframe, consent is implied. Once the permit is granted, any action against a mine cannot be taken without a rep from Ministry of Mines present. MOM is actually there to represent your interests assuming you have not violated any condition of your permit. I complain about MOM sometimes but after reading about the bu****it my Southern neighbours have to go through I am very thankful about how good we have it.
Good luck out there guys, keep up the fight.