U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced last week that he will chair the Senate Energy’s Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining that oversees national mining policy, mining education and research, public lands and wildlife refuges.
“It is an honor and a privilege to chair the Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining since it oversees so many issues that West Virginians care about the most, especially when it comes to mining policies and public lands,” Senator Manchin said. “I am very grateful to our Chairman of the Energy Committee, my dear friend Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, for offering me this position. I am also pleased with the Energy Committee’s ranking member, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both have visited our great state and are committed to working toward an all-of-the-above energy approach that leads to energy independence.
“I am so proud to serve the people of West Virginia on these critical issues, and I hope that the people of our great state continue to share their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns with me so I can best represent them.”
“Senator Manchin has a deep well of experience on public lands and mining policy, which is why I am so glad he agreed to chair this subcommittee,” Wyden said. “He has a real desire to find bipartisan solutions to some of the most important issues facing our committee and I look forward to working with him this Congress to reach those answers.”
“I congratulate Senator Manchin on becoming chairman of the this important subcommittee and I look forward to working with him to advance sound policies on public lands and mining issues that will benefit not only West Virginia and my own home state of Alaska, but to all of the West,” Murkowski said.
Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining has jurisdiction, including oversight and legislative responsibilities, for the following subject areas, among others:
• National mining and minerals policy;
• General mining laws;
• Surface mining, reclamation, and enforcement;
• Mining education and research;
• Federal mineral leasing;
• Public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service; and
• Establishment of wildlife refuges on public lands and wilderness designations.