Oversight: Hearing on Seeking Innovative Solutions for the Future of Hardrock Mining

Energy and Mineral Resources Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 Time: 09:00 AM Location: Longworth House Office Building in Washington, D.C. 1324


  • The Mining Law of 1872 is an antiquated law that embodies a vision of the American West, and of mining, that is long gone. 
  • Mining companies have been able to extract hundreds of billions of dollars of precious metals from public land without paying a cent in royalties to the American people. 
  • Hundreds of thousands of abandoned hardrock mines across the nation create major environmental, public health, and safety hazards, and there needs to be a dedicated source of funding to address those.