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Oversight Hearing on "Effect of the President’s FY 2013 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Office of Surface Mining on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy Production, State Programs and Deficit Reduction"
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
1324 Longworth House Office Building


SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES
1324 Longworth House Office Building
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
10:00 a.m.

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OVERSIGHT HEARING ON:

  • "Effect of the President’s FY 2013 Budget and Legislative Proposals for the Office of Surface Mining on Private Sector Job Creation, Domestic Energy Production, State Programs and Deficit Reduction"

OPENING STATEMENT:

The Honorable Doug Lamborn
Chairman

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Full Committee Chairman

WITNESSES AND TESTIMONY:

Panel I

The Honorable Joseph Pizarchik
Director
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Panel II

Madeline Roanhorse
President
National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Gregory E. Conrad
Executive Director
Interstate Mining Compact Commission

Matt Wasson
Director of Programs
Appalachian Voices
(Truth in Testimony Form)

BACKGROUND:

This hearing will examine the President's proposed FY 2013 budget for the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) including legislative proposals to repeal the 2006 amendments to the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) that will adversely affect the distribution of the state share of AML funds to certain states, and the proposed merger of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and OSM. In addition, the hearing will examine the Committee's investigation into the Obama Administration's re-write of the revised Stream Buffer Zone Rule issued in December of 2008, as well as the agency's new state program oversight initiative.

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