Home > calendar > Page
Oversight Hearing on “Mining in America: The Administration’s Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands”
Thursday, June 13, 2013 10:00 AM
Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
1334 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515


Oversight Hearing on:

  • “Mining in America: The Administration’s Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands”

Archived Video Webcast:

Member Statements:

The Honorable Doug Lamborn
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

Jamie Connell
BLM Acting Deputy Director
U.S. Department of the Interior

PANEL II

Kris Hefton
Chief Operating Officer, Director
Vane Minerals (US) LLC
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Harold Roberts
Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer
Energy Fuels Resources Corp.
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Steve Moyer
Vice President, Government Affairs
Trout Unlimited
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Lauren Pagel
Policy Director
Earthworks
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

This hearing will examine maintenance fees for mining claims and what can be done to make sure there is a strong “Good Samaritan” program in place to clean up abandoned mine lands. Currently, mine claim maintenance fees, assessed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), generate about $60 million annually while only $39 million is used for BLM’s Mining Law Administration program. Subcommittee Members will hear testimony on the need for reforms of the BLM’s claim maintenance fees as well as effective “Good Samaritan” abandoned mine land programs that limit the liability of governments, non-governmental organizations, individuals, and businesses that voluntarily clean up abandoned hard rock mines.

Related Documents:

Latest News

Investigative Report on EPA’s Gold King Mine Blowout Released by House Committee on Natural Resources Majority Staff

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources released a Majority staff report detailing information uncovered during the Committee’s ongoing investigation of the EPA’s Gold King Mine blowout near S...... Read more

Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts

Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, in...... Read more

Panel Discusses Federal Conflicts Involving Fisheries Predation, Negative Impacts on Drought Mitigation

Today, the Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans held an oversight hearing titled, “The Costly Impacts of Predation and Conflicting Federal Statues on Nature and Endangered Fish Species.” The panel ...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

The U.S. Department of Treasury's Analysis of the Situation in Puerto Rico
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
View All Events