03/12/2008 - As mining claims in Colorado and the West skyrocket in a kind of modern-day gold rush, Congress wants to rewrite an arcane law governing mineral exploration.
The measure hasn't been overhauled since President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law in 1872.
"Efforts to comprehensively reform the Mining Law (of 1872) have been ongoing literally for decades but have repeatedly failed," said Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a New Mexico Democrat who leads the Senate Energy Committee. That panel is crafting legislation to update the law.
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The Senate should act quickly to put us on a new path where mining is balanced with other uses of public lands and Western communities have a meaningful voice in protecting their surroundings," said Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Campaign for Responsible Mining.
Read the full article 136 Years Later, Mine Law May Get Update on the Denver Post's Web site.