Friday, November 18, 2011

Does everyone oppose BLM-OSM merger?

It seems that no one likes the plan by Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar to merge the Office of Surface Mining with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). A hearing last week in Congress brought forward concerns and opposition from "regulators, resource conservationists, the mining industry or even Congress" according to a story on State regulators also weighed in, objecting to not being included in the discussions about this and worrying about usurpation of state programs that had been laboriously negotiated under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) of 1977 . Both Democrats and Republicans ganged up on the proposal.

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