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AEMA Joins MSLF – Comments on the Proposed Dithdrawal for Sage Grouse Conservation

AEMA joined with Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) to prepare and file the attached comments on the proposed withdrawal in Sagebrush Focal Areas of more than 10,000,000 acres across 6 states acres from mineral entry. We previously filed joint scoping comments on the proposed withdrawal with MSLF. We strongly recommended that DOI either reject the […]

PRESS RELEASE: National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 13, 2017 National Mining Group Blasts Latest Obama Withdrawals Last Minute Land Grab in OR & MN Kills Jobs and Harms Public Education This week, the Obama administration has undertaken more land withdrawals in the waning hours of its administration. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will add 42,000 acres of public land […]

OP-ED: Time for Feds to Respect Minnesotans’ Rights

TIME FOR FEDS TO RESPECT MINNESOTANS’ RIGHTS By Laura Skaer, Executive Director American Exploration & Mining Association Opinion-Editorial Imagine two or three generations ago, your ancestors homesteaded property and acquired rights to farm the land. Over the forty or fifty years, the land was tilled, crops were planted, buildings and a home were built, the […]

AEMA Submits Comments in Support of Twin Metals MN

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 […]

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 […]

AEMA Files Comments in USFS Water Management

We joined with 17 other natural resource developer/user groups to file the  comments on the USFS proposed directive for Best Management Practices for water quality protection on National Forest System Lands. AEMA USFS BMP Directives Comments

NWMA Supports Arizona Land Exchange

NWMA and its members have been actively supporting H.R. 687,  The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange & Conservation Act of 2013.  This letter was sent to members of Congress and NWMA has been working hard to support its member company Resolution Copper-Rio Tinto.

NWMA Support for HR 687

NWMA Lujan Amendment Oppose letter

H.R. 687 would allow Resolution Copper to exchange some of its private holdings for USFS land necessary to develop the third largest undeveloped copper resource in the world and has the potential to produce more than 25 percent of the annual U.S. copper demand for the next 40 years.

*At current production rates, this mine will produce the equivalent of more than 25 percent ofthe annual U.S. copper demand for the next 40 years.

*1,400 direct jobs and 2,300 indirect jobs (3,700 total jobs) throughout the 40-year mine life.

*3,000 construction jobs during the construction phase of the project.

*$220 million in annual wages.

*$61 billion in economic impact to the state of Arizona

*$20 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.