House Committee Tackles Modern Mining

By Aaron Mintzes

May 27, 2016

This week, the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing entitled, “Exploring 21st Century Mining Safety, Environmental Control, and Technological Innovation”. There is no question mining has undergone sweeping technological changes since the era of picks and shovels- men pursuing their Manifest Destiny by seeking their fortunes from the gold buried in the hills. Nowadays, mining relies heavily on remotely controlled automation, wireless monitoring, drones and virtual reality goggles designed to reduce costs and improve safety.

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Tagged with: mining, kuipers, house natural resources

The Trojan Horse departure of PA’s environment secretary

By Nadia Steinzor

May 26, 2016

Late last week, John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, abruptly resigned. News reports pointed to a controversial email in which Mr. Quigley angrily demanded that environmental groups more boldly defend proposed oil and gas regulations.

It didn’t take long for some legislators to accuse Mr. Quigley of governmental impropriety. In the meantime, the email controversy continues to generate media stories.

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Tagged with: fracking, pennsylvania, pennsylvania department of environmental protection, chapter 78

Victory: Mexico Seabed Mining Project Scrapped

By Shreema Mehta

May 13, 2016

Coastal communities living in Baja California Sur, Mexico, achieved a huge victory recently in blocking an offshore mining project -- one of several proposed projects to dredge up minerals from the sea.

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Tagged with: mexico, offshore, deep sea mining, seabed mining, offshore mining, don diego, phosphate, endangered, turtle

An Unhappy Birthday for the 1872 Mining Law

By Alan Septoff

May 11, 2016

May 10th, yesterday, was the 144th birthday of the General Mining Law of 1872.

Some things, like the U.S. Constitution, embody timeless principles. The 1872 Mining Law is not one of those things.

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Tagged with: 1872 mining law, 1872, 1872 reform

Forest Service begins Oak Flat environmental review

By Pete Dronkers

May 6, 2016

The passage of the Oak Flat Land Exchange -- that terrible piece of legislation buried within the depths of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act -- was the last major piece of news regarding the proposed Resolution Copper Mine near Superior, Arizona.  This is the mine that would destroy the publicly owned Oak Flat -- the area sacred to the San Carlos Apache Tribe, and the place used for decades by rock climbers, campers and hikers.  

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