[Congressional Record Index (2012)]
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MINING AND MINERAL RESOURCES

  Amendments
      Dept. of the Interior: limit authority to issue regulations 
        before a certain date under the Surface Mining Control and 
        Reclamation Act (H.R. 3409), H6211, H6212, H6214, H6216, 
        H6217, H6218 [20SE], H6237, H6239, H6240, H6242, H6243, H6245 
        [21SE]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (H.R. 
        3409), consideration (H. Res. 788), H6172 [20SE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), H767, H768, H769, H771, H772, H773, 
        H774, H775, H776, H778, H779, H780 [15FE], H820, H821, H822, 
        H823, H825, H826, H828, H830 [16FE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), consideration (H. Res. 547), H748 
        [15FE]
      Strategic materials: promote domestic production of critical 
        minerals and materials (H.R. 4402), H4839, H4840, H4841, 
        H4842, H4844, H4845, H4846, H4847 [12JY]
  Bills and resolutions
      Alaska: authorize establishment of a Niblack mining area road 
        corridor (see S. 3330), S4417 [21JN] (see H.R. 6227), H5327 
        [26JY]
      BLM: conduct study of legal and administrative steps needed to 
        cancel contracts for the sale of Soledad Canyon, CA, mining 
        contracts (see H.R. 6469), H6231 [20SE]
      ------convey certain Federal land to Yerington, NV (see S. 
        2228), S2001 [22MR] (see H.R. 4039), H801 [15FE]
      ------convey certain public land in and around historic mining 
        townsites in Nevada (see H.R. 6497), H6274 [21SE]
      Clean Air Act: provide that State implementation plans address 
        impairment of visibility relative to emissions from taconite 
        ore processing facilities (see H.R. 6507), H6274 [21SE]
      Coal Mitigation Trust Fund: establish by imposing a tax on the 
        extraction of coal to mitigate impact of transportation of 
        coal by rail (see H.R. 6202), H5291 [25JY]
      Dept. of Labor: conduct a review of forms related to obtaining 
        workers' compensation benefits under the Federal Black Lung 
        Benefits Program (see H.R. 4298), H1803 [29MR]
      Dept. of the Interior: authorize conveyance of mineral rights in 
        Montana to settle claims of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe (see 
        S. 2110), S699 [15FE]
      ------establish goals for an all-of-the-above energy production 
        plan strategy on onshore Federal lands (see H.R. 4381), H1976 
        [18AP]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (see S. 
        3450), S5487 [26JY]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (H.R. 
        3409), consideration (see H. Res. 788), H6150 [19SE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), consideration (see H. Res. 547), H725 
        [14FE]
      Dept. of Transportation: establish position of Recovered Mineral 
        Component Ombudsman in the Federal Highway Administration 
        Office of Pavement Technology (see H.R. 6492), H6274 [21SE]
      Health: place a moratorium on permitting for mountaintop removal 
        coal mining until health studies are conducted by the Dept. of 
        HHS (see H.R. 5959), H3806 [19JN]
      Lyon County, NV: designate the Wovoka Wilderness and provide for 
        certain land conveyances (see S. 3701), S8302 [20DE]
      National Park Service: authorize studies of certain areas for 
        possible inclusion in the National Park System (see S. 3399), 
        S5133 [18JY]
      Native Americans: pay Quapay (O-Gah-Pah) Tribe of Oklahoma and 
        its members for trust damages for mismanagement of assets (see 
        H.R. 5862), H3266 [30MY]
      ------pay Quapay (O-Gah-Pah) Tribe of Oklahoma and its members 
        for trust damages for mismanagement of assets (H.R. 5862), 
        refer to the Court of Federal Claims (see H. Res. 668), H3266 
        [30MY]
      Nuclear weapons: designate a national day of remembrance for 
        workers of the U.S. nuclear weapons program (see S. Res. 519), 
        S5047 [16JY]
      Occupational safety and health: require greater experience of 
        mine safety inspectors (see H.R. 6547), H6276 [21SE]
      Postal Service: issue postage stamp in commemoration of coal 
        miners (see H. Res. 743), H5327 [26JY]
      Power resources: authorize research, development, and 
        demonstration activities that enable the safe and responsible 
        production of U.S. domestic unconventional oil and gas 
        resources (see H.R. 6603), H6469 [27NO]
      ------clarify that a State has the sole authority to regulate 
        hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of 
        the State (see S. 2248), S2166 [28MR] (see H.R. 4322), H1804 
        [29MR]
      ------facilitate domestic energy production to reduce energy 
        costs and spur economic growth and job creation (see S. 3445), 
        S5486 [26JY]
      ------permit U.S. companies to participate in exploration and 
        extraction of hydrocarbon resources from a foreign maritime 
        exclusive economic zone contiguous to U.S. exclusive economic 
        zone (see H.R. 4135), H1153 [5MR]
      ------recognize primacy of States relative to regulation of 
        hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the boundaries of 
        the State (see S. 3573), S6454 [19SE]
      Safety: improve occupational safety law compliance, empower 
        workers to raise concerns, prevent workplace tragedies, and 
        establish rights for workplace accident victims and families 
        (see S. 3443), S5381 [25JY]
      Strategic materials: promote domestic production of critical 
        minerals and materials (see H.R. 4402), H2029 [19AP]
      ------promote domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials (H.R. 4402), consideration (see H. Res. 726), H4774 
        [10JY]
      Strategic Petroleum Reserve: prohibit drawdown of petroleum 
        unless the President has approved oil shale development, 
        certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and the Keystone XL 
        Pipeline (see H.R. 4211), H1390 [19MR]
      Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act: repeal a limitation 
        on annual payments (see S. 3514), S5977 [2AU] (see H.R. 6113), 
        H4862 [12JY]
      Utah: authorize a land exchange between the Ute Indian Tribe and 
        the State Institutional Trust Land Administration (see H.R. 
        4027), H725 [14FE]
  Letters
      Leasing of on-shore, sub-surface mineral rights near Vandenberg 
        AFB, CA: Kevin W. Billings, Dept. of the Air Force, H774 
        [15FE]
      National Park Service Study Act: Ken Salazar, Sec. of the 
        Interior, S5137 [18JY]
  Motions
      Dept. of the Interior: limit authority to issue regulations 
        before a certain date under the Surface Mining Control and 
        Reclamation Act (H.R. 3409), H6254 [21SE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), H884 [16FE]
      Strategic materials: promote domestic production of critical 
        minerals and materials (H.R. 4402), H4852 [12JY]
  Remarks in House
      BLM: convey certain Federal land to Yerington, NV, H3760 [19JN]
      Business and industry: prohibit mineral exploration or mining 
        permits to companies that have failed to pay taxes, have 
        connections to Iran or China, or are outsourcing jobs, and 
        require equipment be made in the U.S., H4852, H4853 [12JY]
      ------require companies that earn a profit mining on public 
        lands to disclose political campaign contributions, H4794 
        [11JY]
      Clark County, NV: provide for conveyance of certain Federal land 
        for environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three 
        Kids Mine Project Site (H.R. 2512), H3434-H3437 [5JN]
      Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.: commend efforts to rebuild Oak 
        Grove Mine and Concord Preparation Plant after destruction by 
        tornadoes in Alabama, E1433 [3AU]
      Coal Mitigation Trust Fund: establish by imposing a tax on the 
        extraction of coal to mitigate impact of transportation of 
        coal by rail (H.R. 6202), E1328 [25JY]
      Dept. of Energy: prohibit funding to plan or undertake certain 
        sales or other transfers of natural or low enriched uranium in 
        the open market, H3475, H3476 [5JN]
      Dept. of the Interior: allow issuance of rules under the Surface 
        Mining Control and Reclamation Act that reduce the prevalence 
        of certain diseases or reproductive problems in pregnant women 
        and children, H6211, H6212 [20SE]
      ------assess U.S. capability to meet current and future demands 
        for minerals critical to manufacturing competitiveness and 
        economic and national security (H.R. 2011), H4792 [11JY], 
        H4832, H4833 [12JY]
      ------conduct onshore oil and gas lease sales through Internet-
        based live lease sales, H3887 [20JN]
      ------development of U.S. oil shale resources and promote shale 
        technology research and development funding, H3355 [31MY]
      ------establish goals for an all-of-the-above energy production 
        plan strategy on onshore Federal lands, H3886, H3887 [20JN]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, H1276 
        [8MR]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (H.R. 
        3409), H6147, H6148 [19SE], H6157, H6196-H6219 [20SE], H6236, 
        H6237, H6257 [21SE], E1608, E1609, E1624-E1626, E1630, E1634, 
        E1635 [21SE]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (H.R. 
        3409), consideration (H. Res. 788), H6165-H6174 [20SE]
      ------limit authority to issue regulations before a certain date 
        under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (H.R. 
        3409), motion to recommit, H6255 [21SE]
      ------oil shale technology research and development funding, 
        H3413, H3414 [5JN]
      ------prohibit leasing of on-shore, sub-surface mineral rights 
        near Vandenberg AFB, CA, H5170 [24JY]
      ------prohibit transfer of any Solid Minerals Program function 
        from BLM to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and 
        Enforcement, H3908, H3909 [20JN]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), H752-H787 [15FE], H810, H820-H834, 
        H880-H886 [16FE], H5173 [24JY], E209, E213, E217 [16FE], E225, 
        E233 [17FE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), consideration (H. Res. 547), H740-
        H744, H746-H750 [15FE]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development (H.R. 3408), motion to recommit, H884-H886 [16FE]
      Economy: importance of job creation, H4793 [11JY]
      EPA: prohibit ability to retroactively invalidate water quality 
        permits under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, H6239, 
        H6240 [21SE]
      Government regulations: allow mining projects that have applied 
        for a permit for mining critical minerals and materials access 
        to expedited review process instituted by the lead Federal 
        agency, H4845, H4846 [12JY], E1301 [23JY]
      ------authorize lead Federal agency to extend permit review 
        process time period for mining critical minerals and materials 
        if new information is obtained during the review, H4841, H4842 
        [12JY]
      ------permit awarding of attorneys fees to nonprofit entities 
        and individuals in lawsuits against certain Federal agencies 
        issuing a mining permit, H4846, H4847 [12JY]
      ------require mining companies to pay a royalty for value of 
        hardrock minerals mined on Federal lands and designate 
        revenues for cleanup of abandoned hardrock mines, H4842-H4844 
        [12JY]
      ------streamline mining development permitting process, H4836 
        [12JY]
      National forests: exempt national forest lands producing 
        critical minerals and materials from the Roadless Area 
        Conservation Rule, H4844, H4845 [12JY]
      Native Americans: pay Quapay (O-Gah-Pah) Tribe of Oklahoma and 
        its members for trust damages for mismanagement of assets 
        (H.R. 5862), refer to the Court of Federal Claims (H. Res. 
        668), H7280-H7282 [19DE], E1987 [21DE]
      Natural gas: Marcellus shale drilling for reserves, H108-H112 
        [23JA], E55 [23JA]
      Political campaigns: condition new mining permits on disclosure 
        of Federal political contributions made by applicant during 
        preceding five years, H4835 [12JY]
      Public lands: preserve recreational fishing, hunting, and 
        shooting while maintaining prohibitions on oil and gas 
        development, mining, logging, and motorized activities in 
        wilderness areas, H1888, H1889 [17AP]
      ------protect opportunities for hunting, fishing, grazing, or 
        recreation from domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials promotion activities, H4847, H4848 [12JY]
      Strategic materials: clarify definition of ``strategic and 
        critical minerals'' relative to efforts to promote domestic 
        production of critical minerals and materials, H4840, H4841 
        [12JY], E1245 [12JY], E1258 [17JY]
      ------exemption of domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials from environmental review, H4833-H4835 [12JY]
      ------promote domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials (H.R. 4402), H4831-H4855, H4856 [12JY], H5173 
        [24JY], E1245 [12JY], E1258 [17JY], E1301 [23JY]
      ------promote domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials (H.R. 4402), consideration (H. Res. 726), H4791-
        H4796 [11JY]
      ------promote domestic production of critical minerals and 
        materials (H.R. 4402), motion to recommit, H4852, H4853 [12JY]
      Strategic Petroleum Reserve: prohibit drawdown of petroleum 
        unless the President has approved oil shale development, 
        certain offshore oil and gas lease sales, and the Keystone XL 
        Pipeline (H.R. 4211), H1375 [19MR]
      Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act: require officials 
        proposing rules to publish scientific studies relied upon in 
        developing such rules, H6212, H6213 [20SE]
      Utah: authorize a land exchange between the Ute Indian Tribe and 
        the State Institutional Trust Land Administration (H.R. 4027), 
        H3712, H3713 [18JN]
      Water: prevent finalization by the EPA of proposed guidance on 
        identification of waters protected by the Federal Water 
        Pollution Control Act, H5022 [19JY]
      Water pollution: maintain current deadline for comment periods 
        by Federal agencies on water quality permits, H6237-H6239 
        [21SE]
  Remarks in Senate
      Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund: funding, S4755 [29JN]
      Alaska: authorize establishment of a Niblack mining area road 
        corridor (S. 3330), S4420 [21JN]
      Bureau of Reclamation: remedy problems caused by a collapsed 
        drainage tunnel in Leadville, CO (S. 1047), S588 [14FE], S8553 
        [30DE]
      Congo, Democratic Republic of the: condemn use of slave labor 
        for mining minerals used in the manufacture of cell phones, 
        S1783 [19MR]
      Dept. of Defense: submit report on feasibility of recycling rare 
        earth elements, S7299 [30NO]
      Dept. of the Interior: establish onshore oil and gas production 
        goals, repeal production barriers, improve lease issuance, 
        expedite judicial review, report on public land revenues, and 
        encourage oil shale exploration, S2146 [28MR]
      ------set clear rules for development of U.S. oil shale 
        resources and promote shale technology research and 
        development, S2145 [28MR]
      National Park Service: authorize studies of certain areas for 
        possible inclusion in the National Park System (S. 3399), 
        S5136 [18JY]
      Nuclear weapons: designate a national day of remembrance for 
        workers of the U.S. nuclear weapons program (S. Res. 519), 
        S5898 [1AU]
      Power resources: clarify that a State has the sole authority to 
        regulate hydraulic fracturing on Federal land within the 
        boundaries of the State (S. 2248), S2166 [28MR]
      ------facilitate domestic energy production to reduce energy 
        costs and spur economic growth and job creation (S. 3445), 
        S5488 [26JY], S5816 [1AU]
      ------provide for offshore and oil shale energy development and 
        energy-related tax incentives, S1523 [8MR], S1596 [13MR], 
        S1650, S1651 [14MR]
      SEC: issuance of regulations on the disclosure by mineral 
        companies of payments to foreign countries for commercial 
        development of oil, natural gas, and minerals, S5941 [2AU]
  Reports
      Report to Congress--Rare Earth Materials in Defense 
        Applications: Frank Kendall III, Dept. of Defense (excerpt), 
        H4838 [12JY]
  Reports filed
      BLM Federal Land Conveyance to Yerington, NV: Committee on 
        Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 4039) (H. Rept. 112-525), 
        H3706 [15JN]
      BLM Live Internet Auctions Act: Committee on Natural Resources 
        (House) (H.R. 2752) (H. Rept. 112-371), H77 [18JA]
      Clarify That Uncertified States and Indian Tribes Have Authority 
        To Use Certain Payments for Certain Noncoal Reclamation 
        Projects and Acid Mine Remediation Programs: Committee on 
        Natural Resources (House) (S. 897) (H. Rept. 112-429), H1844 
        [16AP]
      Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure 
        Protection Act: Committee on Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 
        3409) (H. Rept. 112-670), H5999 [13SE]
      Consideration of H.R. 3408, Protecting Investment in Oil Shale 
        the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource 
        Security (PIONEERS) Act: Committee on Rules (House) (H. Res. 
        547) (H. Rept. 112-398), H725 [14FE]
      Consideration of H.R. 3409, Stop the War on Coal Act: Committee 
        on Rules (House) (H. Res. 788) (H. Rept. 112-680), H6150 
        [19SE]
      Consideration of H.R. 4402, National Strategic and Critical 
        Minerals Production Act: Committee on Rules (House) (H. Res. 
        726) (H. Rept. 112-590), H4774 [10JY]
      Dept. of the Interior Offices and Positions on Energy, Minerals, 
        Ocean Energy and Safety, and Natural Resources Revenue and 
        Minerals Management Service Abolishment: Committee on Natural 
        Resources (House) (H.R. 3404) (H. Rept. 112-601), H4906 [17JY]
      Geothermal Exploration and Technology Act: Committee on Energy 
        and Natural Resources (Senate) (S. 1142) (S. Rept. 112-145), 
        S388 [7FE]
      Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Act: Committee on Energy and 
        Natural Resources (Senate) (S. 1047) (S. Rept. 112-122), S41 
        [23JA]
      National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act: 
        Committee on Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 4402) (H. Rept. 
        112-583), H4684 [9JY]
      Planning for American Energy Act: Committee on Natural Resources 
        (House) (H.R. 4381) (H. Rept. 112-530), H3706 [15JN]
      Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of 
        Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act: 
        Committee on Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 3408) (H. Rept. 
        112-392), H691 [9FE]
      Soda Ash Royalty Extension, Job Creation, and Export Enhancement 
        Act: Committee on Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 1192) (H. 
        Rept. 112-578), H4683 [9JY]
      Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act: Committee on 
        Natural Resources (House) (H.R. 2512) (H. Rept. 112-512), 
        H3404 [1JN]
      Ute Indian Tribe and Utah State Institutional Trust Land 
        Administration Land Exchange: Committee on Natural Resources 
        (House) (H.R. 4027) (H. Rept. 112-509), H3362 [31MY]
  Texts of
      H. Res. 547, consideration of H.R. 3408, Protecting Investment 
        in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and 
        Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act, H740 [15FE]
      H. Res. 668, refer to the Court of Federal claims H.R. 5862, pay 
        Quapay (O-Gah-Pah) Tribe of Oklahoma and its members for trust 
        damages for mismanagement of assets, H7280 [19DE]
      H. Res. 726, consideration of H.R. 4402, National Strategic and 
        Critical Minerals Production Act, H4791 [11JY]
      H. Res. 788, consideration of H.R. 3409, Coal Miner Employment 
        and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, H6165 
        [20SE]
      H.R. 2512, Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act, 
        H3434 [5JN]
      H.R. 3408, Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next 
        Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security 
        (PIONEERS) Act, H761-H767 [15FE]
      H.R. 3409, Stop the War on Coal Act, H6204-H6211 [20SE]
      H.R. 4027, Ute Indian Tribe and the Utah State Institutional 
        Trust Land Administration land exchange, H3712 [18JN]
      S. 1047, Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel Act, S8553 [30DE]
      S. 2248, Fracturing Regulations Are Effective in State Hands 
        Act, S2167 [28MR]
      S. Res. 519, designate a national day of remembrance for workers 
        of the U.S. nuclear weapons program, S5048 [16JY], S5898 [1AU]