Paul Cook and Dianne Feinstein have competing bills dealing with conserving land that contain prime prospecting areas.
Dianne Feinstein's plan "California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015" is here http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve/?File_id=8c...
Paul Cook's plan "California Minerals, Off-Road Recreation and Conservation Act" is here http://cook.house.gov/CMORCA
Feinstein has asked Obama to bypass the Senate and with executive order, use his authority under the Antiquities Act to enact her Act.
If someone could do up a summary of each Act and post it here, that would be great.