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Statement from the National Mining Association...

National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn released the following statement today (May 15th) upon passage of the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013” (H.R. 761) by the House Natural Resources Committee:  “The ‘National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013,’ approved today by the House Natural Resources Committee, would streamline the permitting system for U.S. mining and reverse a 30-year trend of increasing import reliance for minerals we have here at home. “The United States is endowed with $6.2 trillion worth of key minerals waiting to be tapped, but our lengthy, outdated and duplicative permitting system discourages investment and hinders economic growth in the downstream industries that depend on a secure...

Statement from the National Mining Association
posted on: Jun 6, 2013 | author: admin

Ninth Circuit Decision Stops “sue and settle” Tactic...

A recent settlement agreement between federal land management agencies and environmental litigators over how to protect a slew of species in northwestern forests was struck down by the 9th Circuit Court, which ruled that the settlement violated federal laws requiring public participation for major rule changes. The court’s ruling has received plaudits from the logging and ranching industries, which have strongly criticized environmental litigators’ practice of cutting deals with federal agencies by suing the agencies and then modifying agency rules in closed-door settlement agreements—a tactic commonly known as “sue and settle.” “That was a sweetheart deal between the environmental organization and the agency,” said Ann Forest Burns, vice president of the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC). “We’re hoping...

Ninth Circuit Decision Stops “sue and settle” Tactic
posted on: May 29, 2013 | author: admin

Segregation of Lands-Renewable Energy

ACTION Final Rule. SUMMARY The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is amending its regulations to add provisions allowing the BLM to temporarily segregate from the operation of the public land laws, by publication of a Federal Register notice, public lands included in a pending wind or solar energy generation right-of-way (ROW) application, and public lands that the BLM identifies for potential future wind or solar energy generation right-of-way applications under applicable legal requirements. The purpose of such segregation is to promote the orderly administration of the public lands. Lands segregated under this rule will not be subject to appropriation under the public land laws, including location under the Mining Law of 1872 (Mining Law), for up to two years from...

Segregation of Lands-Renewable Energy
posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: admin