02/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/13/2018 09:20
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation & Enforcement
A Bureau of the U. S. Department of the Interior
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 12, 2018
Contact:Christopher Holmes(202) 208-7941
President Proposes $122 Million FY 2019 Budget for OSMRE
Budget Prioritizes Core Mission, Increases Efficiencies, Supports American Energy
Dominance While Eliminating Non-Essential Activities
"The goal of this budget is to prioritizethe services and the energy resources the Americanpeople need,"said Joe Balash, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management."It allows us to help develop our Nation's resources, to continue to protect people and the environment, and to do so in the most efficient way possible."
The President's FY 2019budget request supports the goal of American energy dominance. Coal mining will continue under a reasonable and appropriate regulatory structure and reclamation of abandoned mine lands will continue to achieve statutory and regulatory goals.
The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) carries out the requirements of the Surface MiningControl and Reclamation Act of 1977 in cooperation with states and tribes. OSMRE's objectives are to ensure that coalmining activities are conducted in a manner that protects citizens and the environment during mining, to ensure that the land is restored to beneficial use after mining, and to mitigate the effects of past mining by aggressively pursuing reclamation of abandoned coal mines. For instant updates on OSMRE, follow the bureau's Twitter feed @OSMRE.