STATEMENT from Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks on HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act

February 15, 2018
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Robin Broad, Ph.D.

Robin Broad is a professor at the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on sustainable development and on natural resources including mining. Her books include, most recently, Development Redefined: How the Market Met its Match. She has done extensive research on mining and development in El Salvador and the Philippines, and works closely with civil society groups in those countries and in North America around mining bans and responsible mining policy. Dr. Broad has served as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department, with then-Congressman Charles Schumer, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She received her PhD and MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her BA (in economics & ecology) from Williams College. She joined our Board in 2015.

Cathy Carlson

Cathy has been an advocate for mineral policy reform since 1987 in both Washington, D.C and in Colorado, and has been advising Earthworks since its founding as the Mineral Policy Center. Besides her expertise in mineral development, Ms. Carlson has extensive expertise in natural resources issues on public lands in the Western U.S. including oil and gas leasing and development, livestock grazing, and fisheries and wildlife habitat conservation.

Ken Colburn

Ken Colburn is a Senior Associate at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a global, non-profit team of energy experts advising current regulators on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, and the founder of consultancy Symbiotic Strategies. Mr. Colburn previously served as executive director of the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) and as director of the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES). At NHDES he led state climate efforts for the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), representing U.S. states at Kyoto and numerous subsequent meetings of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. Mr. Colburn is based in Meredith, NH and holds a BS in mathematics from MIT and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. Ken joined our Board in 2013.

Gloria Flora

Gloria is a former Forest Supervisor for the Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana, where, among other accomplishments, she gained national attention with her popular decision to withhold the Rocky Mountain Front from oil and gas leasing. Ms. Flora has an active interest in resource and social interrelationships, has presented many professional papers and has lectured on resource management issues and civil rights. She is involved in many civic organizations and lives in Helena, Montana. Gloria joined our Board in 2005.

Jay Halfon, Esq.

Jay R. Halfon is a practicing attorney and public policy strategist. He represents tax-exempt organizations, including public charities,private foundations, advocacy groups and political entities. He has a broad range of experience influencing public policy in both Congress and state legislatures. Mr. Halfon served as executive director and general counsel of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association from May 1998 to December 2001. Previously he was executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) for a decade ending in 1997. Jay joined our Board in 1998.

Adele Hurley, C.M., FRSC

Adèle Hurley is the President of Hurley & Associates Inc. From 2001 to 2016 she directed the Program on Water Issues at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. In the 1980s, during the early days of the Reagan Administration, Adèle moved to Washington and co-founded the Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain. For several years she worked on a successful campaign that brought about amendments to the US Clean Air Act, as well as regulations that reduced acid rain-causing pollutants from large Canadian emitters. In the early 1990s, she was appointed to the Board of Ontario Hydro. In 1995, she was appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office to serve as Canadian Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission, which oversees Canada/US Boundary water issues under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909. Adèle has served as a member of the Canadian Federal Government’s International Trade Advisory Committee–Task Force on Environment and Trade Policy, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Power Authority, and the Water Advisory Board of the Columbia Basin Trust. She is Member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Adele joined our Board in 2016.

Anthony Ingraffea, Ph.D., P.E., Secretary-Treasurer

Dr. Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he has taught since 1977. He is also director of the Cornell Fracture Group and co-editor-in-chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics.

Dr. Ingraffea performed R&D for the oil & gas industry from 1984 through 2001 and is one of the most prominent national experts on the risks to water supplies from hydraulic fracturing for shale gas. He has been outspoken about the need for sound independent science on the impacts of oil and gas development, and for stronger protections for people and the environment. He joined our Board in 2011.

Bill McNeill, D.D.S., Chair

Bill is the founder, coordinator and spokesperson for the Mono County Mining Committee in Mammoth Lakes, California where he led a successful campaign to block new mine proposals. He is a recognized leader amongst community leaders working on mining issues. Bill is also a retired professor of orthodontics at the University of Washington. Bill joined the Earthworks Board in 2001.

Jennifer McDowell

Jennifer is an enthusiastic volunteer and advocate for environmental and social causes including advocacy for people with disabilities, western Pennsylvania environmental issues, shoreline naturalization and universal access to clean water. She is co-chair of the Earth Circle of the Women Donors Network and has helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental causes. Jennifer serves on the board of Water Engineers for the Americas, which provides volunteer services to communities in Central and South America whose water sources have been polluted by mining and agriculture. She has experienced firsthand how a small amount of money can make a huge difference in a community.

Jennifer has an MSEd and is a former special ed teacher. She is also a giddy new Tesla owner, who proudly charges her Model S via the solar array on her Pittsburgh home. Jennifer joined our Board in 2016.

Glenn Miller, Ph.D.

Glenn is a professor of environmental and resource sciences at the University of Nevada in Reno. He has been active in various conservation organizations on mining issues in Nevada for the past 20 years. He is recognized internationally as one of the leading technical and policy experts on mining issues. Glenn joined our Board in 1998.

Wilma Subra, Vice-Chair

Wilma is President of Subra Company, Inc., a chemistry lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, Louisiana, which provides technical assistance to citizens and victims of environmental issues. She serves on local, state and federal committees dealing with oilfield waste, oil refineries and toxic release inventory. She joined our Board in 2005.

Mark Squillace, J.D.

Professor Mark Squillace is the Director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado Law School. Before coming to Colorado, Professor Squillace taught at the University of Toledo College of Law where he was the Charles Fornoff Professor of Law and Values. Prior to Toledo, Mark taught at the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served a three-year term as the Winston S. Howard Professor of Law. He is a former Fulbright scholar and the author or co-author of numerous articles and books on natural resources and environmental law. In 2000, Professor Squillace took a leave from law teaching to serve as Special Assistant to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of the Interior. In that capacity he worked directly with the Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt, on variety of legal and policy issues. He joined our Board in 2013.

STATEMENT from Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks on HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act

February 15, 2018
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