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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JAMES A. HALEY, Florida, Chairman ROY A. TAYLOR, North Carolina

JOE SKUBITZ, Kansas, Ranking Minority HAROLD T. JOHNSON, California

Member MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona

SAM STEIGER, Arizona PHILLIP BURTON, California

DON H. CLAUSEN, California ROBERT W. KASTENMEIER, Wisconsin PHILIP E. RUPPE, Michigan PATSY T. MINK, Hawaii

MANUEL LUJAN, JR., New Mexico LLOYD MEEDS, Washington

KEITH G. SEBELIUS, Kansas
ABRAHAM KAZEN, JR., Texas

ALAN STEELMAN, Texas
ROBERT G. STEPHENS, JR., Georgia DON YOUNG, Alaska
JOSEPH P. VIGORITO, Pennsylvania ROBERT E. BAUMAN, Maryland
JOHN MELCHER, Montana

STEVEN D. SYMMS, Idaho
TENO RONCALIO, Wyoming

JAMES P. (JIM) JOHNSON, Colorado JONATHAN B. BINGHAM, New York ROBERT J. LAGOMARSINO, California JOHN F. SEIBERLING, Ohio

VIRGINIA SMITH, Nebraska
HAROLD RUNNELS, New Mexico

SHIRLEY N. PETTIS, California
ANTONIO BORJA WON PAT, Guam
RON DE LUGO, Virgin Islands
BOB ECKHARDT, Texas
GOODLOE E. BYRON, Maryland
JAIME BENITEZ, Puerto Rico
JIM SANTINI, Nevada
PAUL E. TSONGAS, Massachusetts
ALLAN T. HOWE, Utah
JAMES WEAVER, Oregon
BOB CARR, Michigan
GEORGE MILLER, California
THEODORE M. (TED) RISENHOOVER,

Oklahoma
WRIGHT PATMAN, Texas

CHARLES CONKLIN, Staf Director

LEE MCELVAIN, General Counsel
MICHAEL C. MARDEN, Minority Counsel

SUBCOMMITTEE ON MINES AND MINING

PATSY T. MINK, Hawall, Chairwoman JONATHAN B. BINGHAM, New York PHILIP E. RUPPE, Michigan GOODLOE E. BYRON, Maryland

JOE SKUBITZ, Kansas BOB CARR, Michigan

SAM STEIGER, Arizona BOB ECKHARDT, Texas

KEITH G. SEBELIUS, Kansas ALLAN T. HOWE, Utah

ALAN STEELMAN, Texas
ABRAHAM KAZEN, JR., Texas

SHIRLEY N. PETTIS, California
JOHN MELCHER, Montana
HAROLD RUNNELS, New Mexico
JIM SANTINI, Nevada
JOHN F. SEIBERLING, Ohio
MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona
JOSEPH P. VIGORITO, Pennsylvania

C. ST LEY Sloss, Counsel
ANDREW WIESSNER, Staff Assistant

NORMAN WILLIAMS, Consultant
THOMAS LAUGHLIN, Staff Assistant

LARRY MACDONNELL, Special Consultant
NOTE.—The first listed minority member 18 counterpart to the subcommittee chairman.

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LETTERS OF TRANSMITTAL

MARCH 15, 1976. DEAR COLLEAGUES :

Revision, reform, or even repeal of the “mining law of 1872” has been something advocated for many years by those who object to some adverse effects of miners' activities on the public lands and also by enlightened mining industry spokesmen who realize this basic act of over 100 years ago is out of step with much present-day philosophy and technology.

Since the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs is expected to consider this matter in the near future, I believe the compilation and analysis of the present law developed under the sponsorship of our Subcommittee on Mines and Mining will be of interest and assistance. This committee print, however, is authorized not only as an aid to the Committee which it will be but also to help inform our citizenry as to the present state of the law—a function I am sure it also will perform. Sincerely,

JAMES A. HALEY, Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.

FEBRUARY 28, 1976. Hon. JAMES A. HALEY, Chairman, Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. House

of Representatives, Washington, D.C. DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: The enclosed document, "Current Mineral Laws of the United States," was prepared by the staff of the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining, with the invaluable assistance of Dr. Larry MacDonnell, now of the Colorado School of Mines, who served as Special Staff Consultant.

It provides a detailed analysis of the mineral laws of the United States as they stand now, and as such is intended to provide a ready reference for use of Members of Congress and for the public at a time when thoroughgoing revision of our mineral laws is becoming a matter of high priority.

Because an understanding of the mineral laws is necessary if we are to deal responsibly with our responsibilities in a time of growing energy and mineral crises, I believe that this compilation and analysis should be printed as a Committee Print of our Committee. Very truly yours,

PATSY T. MINK, Chairwoman, House Subcommittee on Mines and Mining,

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