LANSING — Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointments to the new Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, which will be tasked with making advisory legislative and policy recommendations to strengthen and develop sustainable mining practices in Michigan. In response, state Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette), who introduced the legislation creating the committee and fought for its enactment, issued the following statement:
“Michiganders should be very pleased with the governor’s appointments to the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future today. I have no doubt that these high-caliber professionals will deliver 21st century, science-based economic and environmental recommendations to lawmakers, so we know Michigan’s challenges and opportunities, in order to develop a long-term vision for mining and the strategies necessary to achieve it.
“We know that without mining, we cannot have our modern lifestyles, with technology, life-saving medical devices or infrastructure. This committee has the potential to raise the bar and lead the nation in how we mine and protect our vast natural landscape and water resources. Every county, every corner of our state contributes greatly to this through the extraction of sand, rock, gravel, iron and metallic minerals. This committee reflects the necessary level of expertise to make sure we do it right.”