There 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:
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.]