Serial No. 106-10: Oversight Hearing on Mining, the American Economy and National Security -- The Role of Public Lands in Maintaining a National Asset: Oversight Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Resources, U.S. House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress First Session, February 23, 1999 [open pdf - 5MB]
On February 23, 1999, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Resources convenes to discuss and hear testimony regarding Oversight Hearing on Mining, the American Economy and National Security -- "the Role of Public Lands in Maintaining a National Asset". Testifying are Dr. Donald Brobst of the Society for Economic Geologists, Stephen d'Esposito of the Mineral Policy Center, Richard Lawsom of the National Mining Association, Michael McKinley of the US Geological Survey, Dr. David Menzie of the US Geological Survey, and Douglas Silver of Balfour Holdings, Inc. Additional material is supplied by John Dobra, Ph.D. of the Natural Resource Industry Institute, Leo Drozdoff of the Division of Environmental Protection, Michael Evans of Evans Group, Russell King of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc., John Lutley of the Gold Institute, and George Milling-Stanley of the World Gold Council. Chairwoman Barbara Cubin explains that "today's hearing will address concerns the Subcommittee has regarding the domestic hardrock mining industry and the role of public lands in providing an exploration base for the discovery of new metal mines to replace dwindling reserves." She also complains that "the Clinton Administration's budget request includes provisions which, if enacted, would only harm, not help, our domestic miners in the fight to stay competitive globally." Ranking minority member Robert Underwood submits that "So it is of concern to learn, as those new to this issue do, that the individuals and corporations producing hard rock minerals located on and extracted from public lands do not pay a production fee or royalty to the United States."
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