Legislative: Hearing on H.R. 1731

Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building 1324

During the RECLAIM Act hearing, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Donald McEachin (D-Va.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) delivered a letter to Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) calling for a hearing on H.R. 179, the Miners Protection Act, a Republican-authored bill to ensure miner pensions and health benefits are protected for the long term from the coal industry’s ongoing collapse. Gosar chairs the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee, where Lowenthal is ranking member. (Read More)

Legislative hearing on the following bill:

  • H. R. 1731 (Rep. Harold Rogers)To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to provide funds to States and Indian tribes for the purpose of promoting economic revitalization, diversification, and development in economically distressed communities through the reclamation and restoration of land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining carried out before August 3, 1977, and for other purposes. “Revitalizing the Economy of Coal Communities by Leveraging Local Activities and Investing More Act of 2017” or ”RECLAIM Act of 2017.


Panel 1

  1. The Honorable Harold Rogers (R-KY)
    Member of Congress

Panel 2

  1. Mr. Fritz Boettner
    Principal, Geographic Information Systems Program
    Downstream Strategies
    Morgantown, WV
  2. Ms. Autumn Coleman
    Program Manager
    Abandoned Mine Lands Program -- Montana Department of Environmental Quality
    (On behalf of National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands Programs) , Helena, MT
  3. Mr. Robert F. Scott, PE, PLS
    Director, Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, Kentucky Department of Natural Resources
    Vice President, National Association of Abandoned Mine Land Programs
    (On behalf of Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC)) , Frankfort, KY