A group of Texas mining industry lobbyists is not as passionate as the Texas forestry association about the state’s mining laws, according to emails obtained by Recode.
In fact, the Texas mining association says in one email, its top priorities are not mining, but “economic development.”
The emails, released by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), include an April 17, 2017, exchange in which a Texas mining company official says the group wants to “bring mining back to Texas.”
In the email, the mining company also acknowledges that the industry “isnt in favor of the mining ban, but i am happy to work with the association.”
In another email, a mining company representative says the association “doesnt want to have a debate over the mining bans.
They just want to keep us from having a debate.”
Mining companies and the mining association are “very supportive” of the ban, the email said.
The email is the latest to highlight the conflict between the interests of mining companies and environmental groups that support the mining moratorium.
In April, CMD obtained emails from the Texas Mining Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Petroleum Institute, which show that the Texas industry is not all that supportive of the industry-backed mining ban.
In one email sent April 20, 2017 to the Texas Chamber of Industry, an industry official says: “Ive talked to the industry.
Ive asked them what they want from the mining community.
Their response has been nothing.
They want us to focus on economic development and job creation.”
The email from the chamber to the mining union goes on to say: “We do want to get our business back to TX.
I know you will be supportive of us and we want to continue to work together to make sure our miners can get the job they deserve and earn the money they deserve.”
“The industry isnt interested in getting involved in the debate over mining bans, but we want you to be able to do your job as an industry, and we appreciate the support you are giving us,” the email states.
Mining companies, meanwhile, have been pressuring lawmakers to push back against a federal mining ban that they argue would hurt the mining economy.
In December, the American Minerals Council (AMC), a trade group representing mining companies, sent a letter to members of Congress calling the mining law a “bad deal” that would “diminish jobs and hurt the economy” and would cost “millions of dollars in economic activity.”
The letter was also signed by the Texas Association of Realtors, the Houston Chamber of Business, the Southwest Gas Association, and other mining industry groups.
The Texas mining group’s email to its members also notes that the mining bar has “not been supportive of any mining ban.”
“In the past few years, our industry has been working closely with our state government, both in Texas and abroad, to strengthen environmental and economic protections in the mining laws.
The mining bar does not agree with any ban or moratorium that would hurt our industry,” the group’s emailed statement said.
“The mining ban is not a priority for us, and the AMC’s position is based on our understanding that the ban will have a negative impact on our industry and on Texas’s economy.”
The mining industry has also been critical of a recent court ruling in the case of the Texas farm workers, who claim that the state of Texas illegally retaliated against them for protesting the mining of an oil pipeline.
The case is still in its early stages.
In January, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the workers’ lawsuit against the state is still alive, as the workers are seeking compensation.
“We continue to see the court’s ruling in this case and are hopeful that the Fifth is not too far off,” AMC CEO Scott Roper said in a statement to Recode about the ruling.