07/15/2009 - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday set the stage for a showdown on reform of hard rock mining law, telling a Senate panel that the Obama administration intends to end 30 years of gridlock on the issue.
"There is a new administration in town, and we do want to get the 1872 mining law reformed. We are committed to that and are committed to deploying significant resources from the Department of Interior to get this done," Salazar said.
Rewriting the 1872 mining law has become almost a mythical quest on Capitol Hill, a symbol of an obvious problem that Washington can never figure out a way to fix. "There are a lot of people who have bet the farm in the past that this would succeed, and lost," said Jane Danowitz, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. public lands program.
Read the full article Salazar: Now's Time to Revamp 1872 Mining Law on The Denver Post's Web site.