Oversight Hearing on “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America” and Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1063, H.R. 687, H.R. 697, H.R. 761, H.R. 767, H.R. 957 and H.R. 981
Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America”

And Legislative Hearing on:

  • H.R. 1063 (Lamborn), To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an assessment of the capability of the Nation to meet our current and future demands for the minerals critical to United States manufacturing and agricultural competitiveness and economic and national security in a time of expanding resource nationalism, and for other purposes. ‘‘National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013’’
  • H.R. 687 (Gosar/Kirkpatrick), To facilitate the efficient extraction of mineral resources in southeast Arizona by authorizing and directing an exchange of Federal and non-Federal land, and for other purposes. “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013”
  • H.R. 697 (Heck), To provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site, and for other purposes. “Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act”
  • H.R. 761 (Amodei), To require the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently develop domestic sources of the minerals and mineral materials of strategic and critical importance to United States economic and national security and manufacturing competitiveness. “Critical and Strategic Minerals Production Act”
  • H.R. 767 (Cramer), To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project.
  • H.R. 957 (Lummis), To reduce temporarily the royalty required to be paid for sodium produced on Federal lands, and for other purposes. “American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act”
  • H.R. 981 (Johnson of GA and Markey), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a global rare earth element assessment, and for other purposes. “Resource Assessment of Rare Earths Act of 2013”

Member Statements:

The Honorable Doug Lamborn
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

The Honorable Paul Gosar, AZ-04 (H.R. 687)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Raul Grijalva, AZ-03 (H.R. 687)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Ann Kirkpatrick, AZ-01 (H.R. 687)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Joe Heck, NV-03 (H.R. 697)
Member of Congress

The Honorable Hank Johnson, GA-04 (H.R. 981)
Member of Congress

PANEL II

Oversight Hearing on “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America”

James M. Iwanicki, P.E.
Engineer Manager
Marquette County Road Commission
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Ruthe Batulis
President, Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce
President, Minnesota Conference of Chamber Executives
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Harry Melander
President
Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Jennifer Krill (Oversight Hearing and H.R. 687, H.R. 697, H.R. 761, H.R. 957)
Executive Director
Earthworks
(Truth in Testimony Form)

PANEL III

Jamie Connell (H.R. 687, H.R. 697, H.R. 761, H.R. 767, H.R. 957, and H.R. 1063)
BLM Acting Deputy Director
U.S. Department of the Interior

Accompanied by:
Larry Meinert
Mineral Resources Program Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey

Mary Wagner (H.R. 687)
Associate Chief
U.S. Forest Service
Department of Agriculture

PANEL IV

Stephen Q. Miller (H.R. 687)
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
Pinal County District 3

Hal Quinn (H.R. 761)
President and CEO
National Mining Association
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Dan McGroarty (H.R. 1063)
Principal & Director
American Resources Policy Network
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Mike Hohn (H.R. 957)
General Manager, Soda Ash Business
OCI Chemical Corporation
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Terry Rambler (H.R. 687)
Chairman
San Carlos Apache Tribe

Pierre Neatby (H.R. 1063, H.R. 761, and H.R. 981)
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Avalon Rare Metals
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Soyla “Kiki” Peralta (H.R. 687)
Council Member
Superior Town Council

Background:

Domestic mining faces many challenges in the U.S., permitting and access being only a sliver of the numerous challenges facing mine development. However, it also holds great promise as we will hear from folks who see a bright future and opportunity. Just as the U.S. has experienced significant growth in Oil and Natural Gas reserves and resources – mainly from private and state mineral rich lands -- there is an opportunity for significant growth in domestic non-fuel strategic and critical minerals production as well.

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