Today, the House Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee on Natural Resources will hold a Congressional hearing on Congressman Mark Amodei. Mining Regulation Clarification Act of 2023. The bill would overturn the law established in the Rosemont decision while making it easier for mining companies and individuals to assert ownership rights on public lands even in the absence of valid mineral title. For the public hearing, Earthjustice Senior Legislative Representative Blaine Miller McFeely issued the following statement:
“At a time when the Mining Act of 1872 should have been updated, the Mining Regulatory Transparency Act goes in the opposite direction. It would give major mining companies unprecedented powers to block their use in other applications, such as clean energy projects. mining regulatory framework and this proposed solution is woefully inadequate.
“Rather than sweet deals aimed at maximizing profits for mining companies, Congress must instead create mining legislation that addresses current challenges while protecting health, water, sacred Indigenous sites, and cultural resources in mines.” We should pass a Clean Energy and Minerals Reform Act that updates affected communities.”
Ninety organizations sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives opposing the bill and calling for changes to outdated mining laws instead.