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The Latest Strategic and Critical Give Away

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By Aaron Mintzes

June 29, 2015

This week the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources met to hear HR 1937: the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2015. Under this bill, anything pulled from the ground is a strategic and critical mineral and none of it receives adequate environmental review.

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Tagged with: mining, house natural resources committee, strategic and critical minerals, hr 1937


A New Coat of Paint for the Exploding Pepsi Cans on Wheels: New Rule on Oil Trains Disappoints

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By Aaron Mintzes

May 12, 2015

On May 1, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released their proposed rule to improve safety for high hazard flammable trains carrying crude oil. The proposal falls far short of what we hoped. Just last week, another train exploded in North Dakota signaling how urgently communities need protections to keep them safe. Instead, what we see from the DOT is a long-term plan that gradually phases in a series of simple changes designed to accommodate sending more rolling dangers through our towns.

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Tagged with: oil trains, crude by rail, phmsa, dot


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