Published On: 11/24/2015

Congressional Chairman Visits with Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration 

U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn lays out his mining agenda for 2013-14

On August 22, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) hosted a briefing with U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn (RCO), chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, at its international headquarters in Englewood, Colorado for over 25 Colorado-based mining companies, consultants and equipment suppliers. The subcommittee oversees energy production and mining on federal lands. Chairman Lamborn, who represents Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, discussed the need to strengthen and improve national minerals policy and ensure domestic availability of certain minerals that are essential to national security and economic stability.

SME’s Executive Director David L. Kanagy said, “As the largest professional society in the mining industry, SME is pleased to provide a forum for unfettered access to industry experts that the Chairman needs to make informed decisions regarding public policy and mining.”

Chairman Lamborn discussed H.R. 761, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013 - which is headed for a floor vote in October - and his own similar legislation, H.R. 1063, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act. His comments also addressed recent oversight hearings his subcommittee held on abuse of the Endangered Species Act, pressures on coal mining in the Powder River Basin and Appalachia, and the importance of mining jobs to the American economy. Throughout the discussion, he stressed his goal of streamlining the seven- to ten-year mine permitting process to make the U.S. a more competitive minerals market as compared with other more progressive pro-mining countries. (Canada and Australia have a two- to three-year permitting process.)

Chairman Lamborn also committed to helping SME in its efforts to influence the Securities Exchange Commission to modernize its rulemaking on Industry Guide 7, its basic resource and reserves disclosure policy for U.S.-based mining companies. 

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or hayden@smenet.org.