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Legislative Hearing: Hice Introduces Bill to Prevent Mining Tragedies

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Washington, November 4, 2015 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources of the House Natural Resources Committee met in order to discuss several measures that would take aim at the Environmental Protection Agency for its abysmal response to the Animas River spill. The legislative hearing included more information on a measure recently introduced by Hice, H.R. 3844, the Energy and Minerals Reclamation Foundation Establishment Act. Congressman Hice released the following statement in regards to the hearing:

"All of us were horrified by the inexcusable events that led to the Animas River spill in Colorado. Watching those waters turn florescent yellow, and watching small businesses close their doors, that’s a sight none of us should have to witness again. The important thing to remember is that many of these instances are preventable. To that end, I’ve introduced a bill that will create a 15 member board whose expert members would be able to advise on issues of abandoned mine lands, as well as orphaned oil and gas sites across the country. I was proud to participate in today’s hearing and look forward to getting continued feedback from industry stakeholders on how we can improve the legislation."

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