Friday, April 03, 2009

'Kinder, gentler' mining law revision in Senate

Sen. Jeff Bingamen of New Mexico introduced a Senate version of a Mining Law reform bill, that is being called "kindler and gentler" than the House version. says Bingamen's bill "eliminates patenting of federal lands, imposes a federal minerals royalty, establishes a Hardrock Minerals Reclamation Fund, and requires a review of certain lands within three years to determine if they will be available for future mining."

Other provisions are:
  • a reclamation fee of 0.3% to 1% of the production value, to go into a reclamation fund
  • royalties of 2-5% of production value, after certain costs, depending on the mineral
  • applicable only to new production
  • reductions in royalties for marginal operations

No comments:

Post a Comment