September 22, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Stuart Sanderson
COLORADO MINING ASSOCIATION STATEMENT ON SAGE GROUSE DECISION – RIGHT DECISION, WRONG PLAN
The Colorado Mining Association praised the decision to not list the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, but strongly criticized the Department of the Interior’s announced plans for implementation that will impact resource development in the west.
“The Interior Secretary correctly cited state and local efforts to protect the species as the basis of the decision not to list,” said Stuart Sanderson, CMA President, “then ignores those plans in favor of a one size fits all federal scheme, including arbitrary restrictions limiting mining to a small percentage of impacted lands.” The fact that the decision also announces mineral land withdrawals impacting more than 10 million acres will undermine our nation’s energy and economic security. “Clearly the Department has overshot the mark,” he added.
CMA is an industry association founded in 1876, whose nearly 1,000 members include the producers of coal and other minerals throughout the west, as well as vendors and service providers to Colorado’s $8.8 billion industry.