Interior To Combine Surface Mining, Land Management Agencies: Salazar

"The US Department of Interior plans to integrate the responsibilities of two sub-agencies with diverse portfolios overseeing surface mining, federal land management, oil and natural gas royalty collection and hard-rock mining, among other areas, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday."

"Salazar plans to issue a secretarial order combining functions of Interior's Office of Surface Mining, which primarily oversees state regulation of coal mining on private land, with the Bureau of Land Management, which has a broader mandate to encourage multiple uses of federal lands, including leasing areas for oil, natural gas or renewable energy development; permitting hard-rock mining for uranium, copper and other mineral extraction; and protecting untouched wilderness, according to an Interior news release."

Platts had the story October 26, 2011.


"Interior Plans Merger Of OSM, Lands Agency" (Charleston Gazette)

"Interior Plans Merger of Lands, Coal Mining Agencies" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

Source: Platts, 10/27/2011