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go directly to report, PDF _ R41347 - Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply Chain
30-Sep-2010; Marc Humphries; 19 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 28, 2010
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Abstract: The concentration of production of rare earth elements (REEs) outside the United States raises the important issue of supply vulnerability. REEs are used for new energy technologies and national security applications. Is the United States vulnerable to supply disruptions of REEs? Are these elemen.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Mining
go directly to report, PDF _ R41371 - Geoengineering: Governance and Technology Policy
16-Aug-2010; Kelsi Bracmort, Richard K. Lattanzio, Emily C. Barbour; 43 p.
Abstract: As a participant in several international agreements on climate change, the United States has joined with other nations to express concern about climate change. However, at the national level the United States has not yet developed a comprehensive climate change policy. In the absence of a compre.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Mining, Science & Technology
go directly to report, PDF _ R41132 - Outer Continental Shelf Moratoria on Oil and Gas Development
15-Jun-2010; Curry L Hagerty; 22 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 7, 2010
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Abstract: Moratoria provisions for the outer continental shelf (OCS), enacted as part of the Department of the Interior appropriations over 26 years, prohibited federal spending on oil and gas development in certain locations and for certain activities. These annual congressional moratoria expired on Septe.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Natural Resources, Mining
go directly to report _ RL34695 - Minerals Price Increases and Volatility: Causes and Consequences
3-Oct-2008; Stephen Cooney, Dick Nanto; 49 p.
Abstract: A rise in the prices of minerals has had a major impact on U.S. manufacturers and consumers. Mineral prices have risen while the economy as a whole has entered a period of slowing growth. This has created serious difficulties for consuming industries and concern in Congress. This report reviews t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33908 - Mining on Federal Lands: Hardrock Minerals
30-Apr-2008; Marc Humphries; 15 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 6, 2008
May 18, 2007
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Abstract: Mining of hardrock minerals on federal lands is governed primarily by the General Mining Law of 1872. The law grants free access to individuals and corporations to prospect for minerals in public domain lands, and allows them, upon making a discovery, to stake (or “locate”) a claim on that deposi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Public Lands
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22461 - Coal Mine Safety
23-Jun-2006; Edward Rappaport; 6 p.
Update: August 28, 2006

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Abstract: Dramatic mine accidents early in 2006 have led to passage of the first major amendment to federal mine safety law since 1977. The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act (MINER, P.L. 109-236) requires each mine to have an emergency plan, increased supplies of oxygen, and improved rescue t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Natural Resources, Risk & Reform

go directly to report, PDF _ RL33455 - Drilling in the Great Lakes: Background and Issues
1-Jun-2006; Pervaze A. Sheikh, Aaron M. Flynn, and Marc Humphries; 22 p.
Update: August 16, 2006

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Abstract: Drilling for oil and gas in or under the Great Lakes has generated interest among Great Lakes stakeholders, states, and Congress. Some opposed to drilling are concerned about the potential environmental, economic, and public health consequences. They contend that drilling will raise the risks of .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Natural Resources, Water

go directly to report, PDF _ RS22142 - West Coast and Alaska Oil Exports
25-May-2006; Larry Kumins; 6 p.
Update: July 30, 2006

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Abstract: As a reaction to oil price and supply concerns, questions about the export of crude oil produced on Alaska’s North Slope are often directed at Members of Congress. The export of this oil had been prohibited by the 1973 law allowing the construction of the pipeline system now transporting oil to t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Mining, Economics & Trade

go directly to report, PDF _ RS22313 - Energy and Mineral Issues in the FY2006 Budget Reconciliation Bill
22-Nov-2005; Marc Humphries; 4 p.
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Abstract: Several resource issues that are designed to generate revenue for the federal Treasury have been proposed for the FY2006 budget reconciliation bill. The most controversial of these provisions recommended by the House Resources Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee would open.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Energy, Government
go directly to report, HTML _ RL30310 - The Mining Law Millsite Debate
14-Sep-1999; Marc Humphries; 7 p.
Abstract: This report provides background and analysis on the debate over whether the miUsite language (30 USC 42) in the Mining Law of 1872 allows only one five-acre millsite per mining claim. In practice, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allowed for as many millsites as can bejustified for developing.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Mining, Public Lands, Waste Management
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