Biden admin to shut down another coal mine in climate change push

March 19, 2023

The Biden administration is working to shut down another mine in South Dakota in its latest climate change effort.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service made the announcement on Friday about land in the Black Hills National Forest.

The statement

"Whether it’s northern Minnesota, southern Arizona, Alaska, or now South Dakota, these sorts of land restrictions from the anti-mining Biden Administration hamstring domestic development of minerals we need for national defense, energy technology, and everyday life," said Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Energy and Mineral Subcommittee.

"We need to be using our resources we have here with our workforce, not taking them offline," he added.

The location

"The Pactola Reservoir is the largest and deepest reservoir in the Black Hills National Forest, with 14 miles of shoreline and 150-foot depths on 800 acres. The reservoir also provides high-quality recreation for communities and visitors," according to the Forest Service.

"In response to concerns about potential impacts of mining on the area’s natural resources and municipal water supply, the administration is initiating consideration of a 20-year withdrawal of this critical watershed on national forest system lands from location, entry, appropriation, and disposal under the mining laws and the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, subject to valid existing rights," it added.

The block would also stop a plan to explore for gold in the area, according to Politico Pro.

"The secretary of the Interior has the authority to withdraw areas for up to two decades, subject to renewal, but only Congress can legislate a permanent withdrawal," according to the report.

The news comes as the National Mining Association (NMA) recently warned that the U.S. is becoming too reliant on other nations for mining resources due to climate change legislation.

"Despite being home to extensive and varied mineral resources, the United States is facing grave mineral supply chain challenges," the NMA wrote.

"Our import reliance has been a well-documented and increasingly problematic issue for decades and has now become a crisis, exacerbated by pandemic-and war-related challenges, and the electrification of our economy."


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