AEMA Critical Habitat Comments

AEMA, in conjunction with several other associations, submitted comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) on two rulemakings and one policy proposal regarding the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The comments are a continuation of IMA-NA’s engagement with the Services related to the increased ESA activity.  The newest […]

18 Members of Congress Question the Interior Department’s Bias & Lack of Transparency with Federal Sage Grouse Science

Members Criticize Obama Administration’s Emphasis on ESA Settlement Deadlines Over Best Available Data WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2014 -The House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01), and 16 Members of Congress sent a letter to the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressing ongoing […]

Congressman Amodei Responds to Sage Grouse Letter

Congressman Mark Amodei of Nevada recently responded to a letter from the USFWS to the Nevada Sagebrush Ecosystem Council.   USFWS Letter: Region 8 Sage Grouse Letter to the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council Amodei Response: Amodei repsonse to USFWS reg 8

AEMA to White House: Critical Minerals Matter

The American Exploration & Mining Association submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy request for comments on Critical and Strategic Materials Supply Chains. AEMA OSTP Critical and Strategic Minerals Supply Chains Comments

AEMA Comments on EPA Pebble Proposed Action


Montana Governor Creates Sage Grouse Program

Montana Governor Bullock has issued a Executive Order creating Montana’s sage-grouse program and conservation plan. You can read the order below.   Gov. Bullock Executive Order

AEMA to BLM: Regulations are Adequate Existing and Enforceable

In an August 28 letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, AEMA argued that the 43 CFR 3809 regulations are adequate existing and enforceable regulatory mechanisms to protect Greater Sage-grouse and its habitat. Thus, it is unnecessary to amend BLM land use plans for Sage-grouse conservation with respect to locatable mineral operations. Director Kornze acknowledged receipt […]

AEMA Issues USFS Groundwater Directive Comments

AEMA together with the National Mining Association (NMA) has submitted comments on the USFS Groundwater Directive. The comments emphasize that the directive is substantially flawed, both legally and as a matter of policy. It is clear the USFS lacks statutory authority for what they propose in this directive. We strongly recommend that the USFS withdraw […]

September Safety Share

“All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety” September 2014 Hazard Since their commercial introduction in the early 1980s, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) have become increasingly popular for both work and play. These highly agile machines are capable of transporting people and loads in a variety of rugged environments that are inaccessible to conventional trucks and highway vehicles. With an […]

AEMA Files Supplemental Sage Grouse Comments

AEMA has filed supplemental comment letters in Montana, Wyoming and Nevada. We will be jointly filing supplemental comments in Idaho and Utah with NMA, IMA-NA & UMA. Our supplemental comments focus on the recently published, peer reviewed study on sage-grouse genetics by Dr. Robert M. Zink as well as recent developments with the Western Governors’ […]