U.S. Senator John Barrasso blasted new mining reform proposals that would ship Wyoming jobs overseas during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.
Senator Barrasso expressed concerns about provisions that could dramatically restrict access to federal lands for mineral development and would hamper hunting and grazing.
Barrasso made his comments following a committee review of the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act and the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Act.
Barrasso also called for a dose of common-sense in the mining law reform debate, saying "The Mining Law of 1872 is 137 years old. It needs to be updated. It must provide certainty for American jobs, long-term domestic mineral investment, reclamation, rural communities and environmental protection."