1872 Mining Reform

San Vicente tailings cleanup, 2013 Photo credit: NM Environment Department

Silver City Daily Press: Animas spill a reminder of need for responsible mine cleanup

Guest Column by Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project Download Guest Column We watched in horror and sadness the images of an orange, heavy metal-laden plume of mine wastewater flow down the Animas River from an accidental release at the inactive Gold King Mine in Colorado, impacting communities, farmers, wildlife, and recreation along […]

Abq Journal: Let Gold King spill be a warning

By Allyson Siwik / Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project, & Rachel Conn / Executive Director, Amigos Bravos Albuquerque Journal PUBLISHED: Monday, August 24, 2015 at 12:02 am We have watched in horror and sadness as images of an orange, heavy metal-laden plume of mine wastewater flow down the Animas River from an accidental release […]

House Passes Mining Reform Bill Senator Bingaman’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee now working on Senate Version

GetAGRIP Winter 2008 In November, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 244 to 166 in favor of HR2262, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2007 sponsored by Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Representative Jim Costa (D-CA). By reforming the outdated General Mining Law of 1872, this bill would protect public lands from irresponsible mining […]

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State and National Groups Call for Real Reforms

Washington, D.C., 1/25/2008: Yesterday, the ranking member of the Senate and Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Peter Domenici (R-NM), laid out an agenda for “reform” of the antiquated 1872 Mining Law that would not adequately protect taxpayers, communities and the environment from the potentially destructive impacts of hardrock mining. “We have an opportunity to […]

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1872 Mining Law Reform Proposal Falls Short for New Mexico, Western Communities

State and National Groups Call for Real Reforms Washington, D.C., 1/25/2008: Yesterday, the ranking member of the Senate and Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Senator Peter Domenici (R-NM), laid out an agenda for “reform” of the antiquated 1872 Mining Law that would not adequately protect taxpayers, communities and the environment from the potentially destructive impacts […]

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Finally! A Much-Needed Bill to Reform 1872 Mining Law

U.S. Congressmen Rahall and Costa propose major overhaul of antiquated law More than 130 years after its enactment, the General Mining Law of 1872 still governs hard rock mining on federal lands — to the benefit of foreign and domestic companies who pay no royalties on the minerals that they extract and to the detriment […]

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