TX Mining Monthly
March 2021
The comments from Peter Luthiger, our TMRA Treasurer, make important points deserving a good read and lots of thought. An "All of the Above Energy" policy is the ONLY smart choice! If February’s deep freeze in Texas and elsewhere has taught us anything, and that’s still an open question, it’s that picking energy source winners and losers ONLY enables ALL of US to be losers!
The Great Texas Storm of February 2021 will be talked about for years to come on quite a few front porches and in local pubs and diners (well, the few that haven’t closed up due to COVID-19 concerns); especially now when everything seems to get politicized for one reason or several others. However, one aspect that the storm exposed was the importance of having a sound energy strategy to ensure not only Texas, but the United States as a whole, has reliable and efficient energy supplies for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.
Texas has lost roughly 5,000 MW of critically important #coal capacity over the past few years to a market that couldn’t recognize the balance, fuel security and reliability it afforded the grid. #Texas #texasfreeze #txlege #energy http://bit.ly/3jVJ1h6
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Biden Administration to Undertake Swift Reviews of Key U.S. Supply Chain Vulnerabilities, Including Critical Minerals

USA Rare Earth’s Round Top Deposit Hosts Materials Essential to Rare Earth Permanent Magnets, EV and Li-Ion Batteries, and Advanced Semi-Conductor Chips

USA Rare Earth LLC, the funding and development partner of the Round Top Heavy Rare Earth, lithium and Critical Minerals Project in Hudspeth County, West Texas, together with Texas Mineral Resources Corp. applaud President Biden’s Executive Order on Securing America’s Critical Supply Chains. The Executive Order requires swift new government assessments of key U.S. supply chains across the healthcare, technology and transportation sectors, including for semiconductor materials, critical minerals, rare earth elements, and electric vehicle batteries.
Please join us for a joint regional meeting between Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute and Texas Mining & Reclamation Association to be held at The Holiday Inn Tyler - Conference Center in Tyler, Texas. The Cascades Country Club club house was damaged during the recent storms in Texas, therefore they are no longer able to accommodate our meeting. The golf course survived the storm, so we are going to move forward with our tournament at the Cascades golf course as originally planned.
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Industry News
People often point to plunging natural gas prices as the reason U.S. coal-fired power plants have been shutting down at a faster pace in recent years. However, new research shows two other forces had a much larger effect: federal regulation and a well-funded activist campaign that launched in 2011 with the goal of ending coal power.
Senator Joe Manchin, Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has announced the availability of more than $260 million for states and Tribes to support reclamation efforts in fiscal year 2021. More than $152.22 million will now be available through the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act’s (SMCRA) Abandoned Mine Land (AML) grant program, of which West Virginia will receive $18.9 million. The Department is also disbursing $115 million through the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) grant program, of which West Virginia will receive $25 million.
Mines in the United States produced about US$82.3 billion in minerals in 2020, according to figures from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Mineral Commodity Summaries report. The figure was about US$1.5 billion lower than 2019’s US$83.7 billion. The report – now in its 26th year – covers about 90 nonfuel minerals monitored by USGS and includes industrial minerals and natural aggregates as well as ferrous and nonferrous metals.
We are in the process of developing a social media campaign for our Facebook and Twitter social media channels – #TheFutureIsBright – to highlight how you, a TMRA member, are supplying the power and materials that ensure a bright future as we move into 2021.
Email Christian Goff at cgoff@pureenergypr.com to learn more or to submit your photo. 
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Recruitment and Hiring
The over 70 chapters of the Women in Mining organization launched this week the International WIM Alliance, with the goal to pursue gender equality in the mining industry. At the inaugural Global WIM Summit, held on March 1-2, the Alliance made public its official Declaration, which is considered a milestone in the journey of the global WIM movement towards improved conditions and opportunities for women in extractives industries.
Legislative Update
The National Mining Association (NMA) today released new polling showing that the vast majority of voters – including a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents – want to see the Biden administration and Congress support domestic mining projects to create jobs, secure our supply chains and reduce reliance on foreign countries for minerals we could be mining here at home.
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