U.S. House plan for new mining royalties draws objections from Western senators

Heinrich calls for a less zealous approach but advocates for fees to clean up thousands of abandoned mines littering the West

By: - October 6, 2021 6:22 am

The Santa Rita open-pit copper mine — also called the Chino mine — near Silver City in southwestern New Mexico. Pictured here in 2015, this active mining operation began in 1910, and it’s the third oldest of its kind in the world. The Santa Rita community was forced to relocate several times as the mine widened, and the town was finally abandoned in the late ’60s. (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source NM)

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Jacob Fischler
Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy and helps direct national coverage as deputy Washington bureau chief for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.