LETTER: Royalty burdens on new and existing mining operations on federal lands

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April 27, 2017

Mick Mulvaney
Office of Management and Budget
725 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20503

Dear Director Mulvaney:

On behalf of Western Governors, I am writing regarding the possible imposition of royalty burdens on new and existing mining operations on federal lands in the Administration’s budget for fiscal year 2018. It is the position of Western Governors that federal policies should ensure access to the domestic minerals that are critical to the United States’ economy and national security.

As you consider changes to policies affecting minerals development on federal lands, I encourage you to consider Western Governors’ Association Policy Resolution 2015-09, National Minerals Policy, in which Western Governors urge the federal government to work with western states on the development of a National Minerals Policy that will unlock the mineral potential of the nation. 

Western Governors recommend that any system for the collection of royalties on the production of hardrock minerals should be developed in close consultation with states, as well as relevant stakeholders in the mining industry, to ensure that the system is workable and fair.

Thank you for your consideration.  Please contact me if you have any questions or require further information.  In the meantime, with appreciation and warm regards, I am


James D. Ogsbury
Executive Director
Western Governors' Association

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