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American Resources Policy Network
Promoting the development of American mineral resources.
  • Alaska minerals expert joins American Resources panel

    We’re thrilled to announce that Curtis J. Freeman, president of Avalon Development Corporation, has joined the American Resources panel of issue experts. A U.S. Certified Professional Geologist and licensed geologist in the State of Alaska, Mr. Freeman founded Avalon Development Corporation, a mineral exploration consulting firm based in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1985.

    Mr. Freeman and his crews have worked on projects all over Alaska, in the Yukon, the western United States, Central America, South America, New Zealand and Africa, and have been involved in discoveries of gold, silver, platinum group metals, base metals and rare metals in Alaska and other parts of the world.

    He is a member of the Alaska Miners Association, where he also served as director in the past, as well as a member of the Society of Economic Geologists, Geological Society of Nevada, Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia and the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. Mr. Freeman also lends his expertise to the Geologic Mapping Board at the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.

    To learn more about Mr. Freeman’s work and our other panelists, visit our experts page.

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  • House Oversight Committee threatens use of subpoena powers in case of the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed assessment

    As the Daily Caller reports, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform is stepping up the pressure on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the context of the agency’s controversial negative review of a potential mining project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay area.

    Reiterating a request made in May of 2012, when the EPA first released a preliminary assessment of the project, a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and fellow committee member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) demands that the agency release more of the requested documentation and threatens the use of the committee’s subpoena powers in the case of non-compliance.

    According to the Daily Caller, the EPA has disclosed that it has compiled thousands of documents relating to the Bristol Bay review, but has only submitted fewer than a thousand to the committee.

    The EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed assessment has drawn fire as it represents an unprecedented move to preemptively derail a hypothetical mining project even before any permit requests were filed or specific plans were submitted.

    As we have previously pointed out, “the unilateral expansion of EPA powers under section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act would effectively give the agency ultimate authority to derail any project in the United States that touches on water — with potential impact for projects in every sector of the US economy, from mining to farming, manufacturing, building, energy, and water treatment.”

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  • New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Policymakers (Part 3)

    This is part three of American Resources’ three-part 2012 retrospective. Check out parts one here and two. Traditionally, the New Year is the time when people reflect on the past twelve months and formulate resolutions for the months ahead. As the first hours of 2013 have been dominated by the drama the Fiscal Cliff, our [...]
  • New Year’s Resolutions for U.S. Policymakers (Part 1)

    Traditionally, the New Year is the time when people reflect on the past twelve months and formulate resolutions for the months ahead. As the first hours of 2013 have been dominated by the drama the Fiscal Cliff, our Federal lawmakers may not have gotten around to focusing on other less publicized — but no less [...]
  • Dan McGroarty featured on the Glen Biegel Show

      American Resources Principal Dan McGroarty appeared on the Glen Biegel Show on Tuesday to discuss domestic mineral development and what the United States can do to take advantage of its critical metals, particularly in the resource-rich state of Alaska. Listen below.
  • American Resources principal discusses critical and strategic minerals with Juneau Empire

    Leading up to last Friday’s second Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit in Fairbanks, the Juneau Empire spoke with our very own Dan McGroarty, who had the honor to present alongside many distinguished members of Alaska’s State government and private sector representatives. The Juneau Empire’s Russell Stigall has summarized their conversation in an article highlighting [...]
  • American Resources Principal to speak at second annual Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit

    American Resources Principal Daniel McGroarty will address the audience at the second annual Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals summit in Fairbanks, Alaska, this Friday, November 30th, on the issue of critical minerals and national security. Embedded in the context of the Parnell Administration’s five-part strategy to support the state’s mining industry, the day-long conference will [...]
  • Parnell Administration makes strides to implement resource strategy for Alaska

    Alaska Attorney General Daniel S. Sullivan gives an account of the state of the Parnell Administration’s five-part strategy to support the mining industry in a column for Petroleum News. This strategy, which was unveiled at the September 2011 Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit, comprises the following components: Undertaking a statewide assessment of strategic minerals; Providing [...]
  • Pentagon takes steps to tackle China’s near-total REE supply monopoly

    Business Week’s Lydia Mulvany covers the U.S. Department of Defense’s recent efforts to “crack China’s monopoly on mining the most valuable rare earths.” In early October, we discussed the Pentagon’s studying of Canadian mining company Ucore Rare Metal Inc.’s REE-rich Bokan Mountain property in southeast Alaska, but according to a recent Business Week story, the [...]
  • U.S. Department of Defense Studies Alaska’s Rare Earths Potential

    As the Canadian daily Chronicle Herald reports, the U.S. Department of Defense is conducting a study of Canadian mining company Ucore’s rare earth-rich Bokan Mountain property in southeast Alaska. Under the auspices of the Defense Logistics Agency, the study will “focus on the possible development of Bokan Mountain to meet defence department requirements for an [...]

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