January 25, 2017 Re: Request for 120-Day Extension of Comment Period Relating to Proposed “Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA § 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry,” 82 Fed. Reg. 3388 (Jan. 11, 2017). Dear Mr. Benton: American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) respectfully requests an extension of 120 additional days, or […]
AEMA Writes Letter in Support of Congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior
January 17, 2017 Dear Chairman Murkowski and Ranking Member Cantwell: American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) strongly supports the confirmation of Congressman Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Department of the Interior. As a fifth generation Montanan representing a state with a large portion of federal public lands, Congressman Zinke understands the importance of […]
AEMA has submitted comments in support of the renewal of Twin Metals Minnesota’s federal mineral leases, MNES 1352 and MNES 1353 located in the Superior National Forest. We are deeply concerned about the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) consideration of withholding consent to the renewal of these two leases that were originally issued more than 50 […]
Montana Congressional Delegation Pushes Forest Service to Advance Permitting Process for Rock Creek Mine
(U.S. Congress)—Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke this week pushed the U.S. Forest Service to finalize an important document and advance a decades-old permitting process for the Rock Creek Mine in northwest Montana. In a letter to Kootenai National Forest Supervisor Chris Savage, the Montana congressional delegation encouraged the Forest Service […]
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2015 SAGE GROUSE LAND USE PLANS AMENDMENTS: AN EPIC LAND GRAB Federal “Not Warranted” Decision Comes at a Price Too High While the American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) applauds the decision not to list the Greater Sage-Grouse as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, the Land Use Plan […]
AEMA has released a new television ad promoting the role of minerals in our everyday lives. It is currently running on KSPS in the Pacific Northwest, online and being shared throughout our association affiliates. Take a moment to view and pass it along
Sweeping Land Use Restrictions and Prohibitions in BLM/USFS Draft EISs for Sage-Grouse Threaten U.S. Mining and the Economy in 11 Western States
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) draft Land Use Plan Amendments (LUPA)/draft Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) Preferred Alternatives in Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming endorse land use restrictions and prohibitions that will severely impede and even prohibit a wide range of responsible uses of nearly 60 million acres of public lands with sage-grouse habitat in 11 western states.
AEMA and its members are leading a nationwide, state-by-state effort to stop the draconian, unscientific land use restriction being proposed. Read our “one-page” overview on the issue.
At AEMA’s recent convention, Dr. Robert M. Zink, Breckenridge Chair in Ornithology, Professor in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, Univ. of Minnesota, presented his paper on Conservation Genetics of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Dr. Zink summarizes his work as follows:
– First study to link estimates of population trends with available genetic data
– Common genetic expectations of population reductions not observed in data
– Whatever the extent of population/range reductions, do not currently show negative genetic effects
This study raises serious doubts about the science USFWS used to support their Warranted But Precluded (WBP) decision for the Greater Sage-grouse. Dr. Zink’s paper is currently undergoing peer review.