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MINERAL EXPLORATION AND
DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1991

HEARING

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE ON
MINING AND NATURAL RESOURCES

OF THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

ONE HUNDRED SECOND CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H.R. 918
MINERAL EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1991

HEARING HELD IN WASHINGTON, DC

JUNE 18, 1991

Serial No. 102-10

PART V

Printed for the use of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

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ISBN 0-16-039603-4

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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona, Chairman GEORGE MILLER, California,

DON YOUNG, Alaska, Vice Chairman

Ranking Republican Member
PHILIP R. SHARP, Indiana

ROBERT J. LAGOMARSINO, California
EDWARD J. MARKEY, Mosachusetts RON MARLENEE, Montana
AUSTIN J. MURPHY, Pennsylvania

JAMES V. HANSEN, Utah
NICK JOE RAHALL II, West Virginia BARBARA F. VUCANOVICH, Nevada
BRUCE F. VENTO, Minnesota

BEN BLAZ, Guam
PAT WILLIAMS, Montana

JOHN J. RHODES HII, Arizona. BEVERLY B. BYRON, Maryland

ELTON GALLEGLY, California RON DE LUGO, Virgin Islands

ROBERT F. SMITH, Oregon SAM GEJDENSON, Connecticut

CRAIG THOMAS, Wyoming PETER H. KOSTMAYER, Pennsylvania JOHN J. DUNCAN, JR., Tennessee RICHARD H. LEHMAN, California

RICHARD T. SCHULZE, Pennsylvania
BILL RICHARDSON, New Mexico

JOEL HEFLEY, Colorado
GEORGE (BUDDY) DARDEN, Georgia CHARLES H. TAYLOR, North Carolina
MEL LEVINE, California

JOHN T. DOOLITTLE, California
WAYNE OWENS, Utah

WAYNE ALLARD, Colorado
JOHN LEWIS, Georgia
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, Colorado
PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon
ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA,

American Samoa
TIM JOHNSON, South Dakota
CHARLES E. SCHUMER, New York
JIM JONTZ, Indiana
PETER HOAGLAND, Nebraska
HARRY JOHNSTON, Florida
LARRY LAROCCO, Idaho

DANIEL P. BEARD, Staff Director

RICHARD MELTZER, General Counsel
DANIEL VAL Kish, Republican Staff Director

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SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINING AND NATURAL RESOURCES

NICK JOE RAHALL II, West Virginia, Chairman
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL, Colorado BARBARA F. VUCANOVICH, Nevada
PETER A. DEFAZIO, Oregon

CRAIG THOMAS, Wyoming
JIM JONTZ, Indiana

DON YOUNG, Alaska GEORGE MILLER, California

Jow Zola, Staff Director

EVELIN BERTORELLO, Clerle
WILLIAM CONDIT, Republican Consultant on Mining and Natural Resources

CONTENTS

Hearing held:

June 18, 1991......

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 1991

Statements:

Opening statement of Chairman Rahall.....

Hon. Barbara Vucanovich, a U.S. Representative from the State of

Nevada..

Hon. Craig Thomas, a U.S. Representative from the State of Wyoming

Panel consisting of:

Cy Jamison, Director, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Depart-

ment of the Interior

George M. Leonard, Associate Chief, Forest Service, U.S. Department

of Agriculture.

Panel consisting of:

John A. Knebel, president, American Mining Congress.

David W. Delcour, president, Amax Resource Conservation Company,

on behalf of the American Mining Congress, Washington, DC..

John L. Neff, secretary, Northwest Mining Association, Spokane,

Washington

John H. Wright, certified professional geologist, Grand Junction, Col-

orado...

Panel consisting of:

Michael J. McCloskey, chairman, Sierra Club, Washington, DC ............

Lynn A. Greenwalt, vice president, National Wildlife Federation,

Washington, DC, on behalf of The Wilderness Society, Washington,

DC..

Philip M. Hocker, president, Mineral Policy Center, Washington, DC,

on behalf of American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brock Evans, vice president for national issues, National Audubon

Society, Washington, DC

Paul C. Pritchard, president, National Parks and Conservation Asso-

ciation, Washington, DC...

Panel consisting of:

Gerald W. Grandey, president, Energy Fuels Nuclear, Inc., Denver,

Colorado....

Paul K. Willmott, president, Umetco Minerals Corporation, Danbury,

Connecticut.

Dennis E. Wheeler, president and CEO, Coeur D'Alene Mines, Coeur

D'Alene, Idaho..

Putnam Livermore, Public Resource Associates, San Francisco, Cali-

fornia ........

Panel consisting of:

Andy Kerr, director of conservation, Oregon Natural Resources

Council, Portland, Oregon .....

Michael Medberry, public lands director, Idaho Conservation League,

Ketchum, Idaho......

Louisa Willcox, program director, Greater Yellowstone Coalition,

Bozeman, Montana ....

David (Kim) Wilson, Montana Environmental Information Center,

Helena, Montana

Bill Martin, vice president, The Cabinet Resource Group, Trout

Creek, Montana...

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