What about HR 2262?

gold-pan-mining.jpgThere was an article in The Idaho Statesman yesterday regarding a mining reform bill coming before the House Rules Committee and eventually to the floor sometime this week. In fact, the Rules Committee is hearing positions this afternoon with guidelines for the amendment process posted and here there is the texts of the bill, the committee report, and summary/text of amendments to be submitted.

In that Stateman’s article, the bill’s current designation is never given. It’s H.R. 2262.

The writer of the Statesman article does phrase this as “a national debate over the future of mining on public lands has become a local issue in Boise because of a proposed gold mine upstream.” H.R. 2262 is meant to ‘reform’ (update) the 1872 Mining Act and “was approved in committee over the objections of Idaho Republican Rep. Bill Sali, a former miner.

I don’t know enough yet and am doing some reading. The New West had an article on Dave Bieter’s opposition from earlier this year. Earthworks had a couple of references along with information on the most recent update (This is a pdf file).

Other resources to track the bill or find out more or what it’s about:

  1. Congress.org,
  2. Thomas (Library of Congress),
  3. Washington Watch – H.R. 2262

Sys-Con Media H.R. 2262 The Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007 What People Think: 17% ab For, 83% Against

Edit (16:31 MST): [One thing I failed to mention was the story below about the church in Germany being moved, one of the companies who owns that mine is Boise's Washington Group International. It owns a 50% share.]

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  1. It appears Congressman Rahall (WV-D) and co-sponsors
    of HR 2262 are in the pockets of huge coal mining
    corporations, petroleum cartels and radical
    envoronmental organizations. He is currently
    guiding his H.R. 2262, The Hard rock Mining and
    Reclamation Act of 2007 through congress.
    It has passed in the house 244 in favor to 166
    against. It should be noted that 24 republicans voted
    in favor of the bill.
    This act if passed will place our nation’s mineral
    resources that are located on federal lands, under the
    partial jurisdiction of local governments as well as
    allow local governments and politicians to petition
    for the withdrawal of mineral rights from those lands.
    This bill will allow any person or group to bring a
    lawsuit against exploration or mining activities on
    federal lands upon any allegation of
    non-compliance with federal or state statutes. This
    will lead to environmental groups filing endless legal
    actions causing closures, elevated costs and years of
    legal wrangling before production is reached.
    In addition this bill applies four to eight percent
    gross royalty to the sales of minerals mined from federal
    lands. This royalty would essentially
    steal the profit a company would expect to make
    A two to four percent net royalty
    is common recompense to the discoverer.
    The royalty would also effect mine workers wages as
    profit margings would shrink.
    These requirements and other obstructionist provisions
    deliberatly incorporated within HR 2262 will
    financially harm all domestic metal
    mining companies operating or proposing to operate on
    federal lands.
    In most instances it will no longer be feasible to
    attempt to explore for minerals or open a new mine on
    federal lands, so most mining companies will move to
    new projects located off shore. We have witnessed
    other industries reacting the same due to over
    regulation in the past.
    “Mom and Pop” operations will all close due to the
    tremendous costs associated with the requirements
    of this bill. That will leave only the largest
    international mining corporations, already operating, able to mine on
    federal lands.
    This act would be devastating to many minority
    groups, especially Hispanic and Native Americans. In
    the west many mines and rock quarries have a minority
    employee base of forty to eighty percent. Without
    continued mining activity the mining towns will die
    and the people will suffer.
    It should be noted that uranium is a locatable
    mineral. Over eighty percent of all uranium mined in
    the U.S. has or continues to come
    from mines located on federal lands. Large exploration
    programs are on going across the west in an attempt to
    identify new reserves of uranium bearing ore deposits.
    Most of these efforts would be abandoned due to new
    environmental provisions contained in this bill.
    Currently three new nuclear power plants are due to
    receive construction permits next year and the federal
    government is allocating over 50 million dollars to
    promote new nuclear power plans. We are currently in a
    debate as a nation as to the potential of generating
    up to 60% of our electricity by nuclear power by 2040.
    Now it appears that if Congressman Rahall and the
    co-sponsors of HR 2262 can attain it’s passage and the
    the implementation of these draconian laws, they will
    be able with a single
    act, keep the huge petroleum, coal and oil shale
    interests in control of our nation’s energy future and
    satisfy the radical anti-nuclear power environmental
    groups.
    This appears is a huge power play, hidden behind
    environmental and revenue concerns, for the heart and
    soul of our nations power production health.
    This massive protectionist effort by Rahall and the HR
    2262 co-sponsors, on the part of these special
    interest groups to retain the status quo must be
    stopped.
    H.R. 2262 is a horrible bill that if passed would be
    destructive to our nation.
    If this bill passes we will be completely dependent on
    other countries for uranium and other metals. We will
    be locked into using oil and coal for electric
    generation. We should not support placing
    ourselves in the position we have with our petroleum
    products, where we must rely on foreign countries for
    our uranium and other industrial and precious metals.
    We need our U.S. Senators to up and oppose this billl

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