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ANNUAL FLY-IN - April 12-17, 2015

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40 participants

3 ½ days of meetings
70 Senate meeting
158 House meetings
228 Total meetings
76 Drop-offs of Issue Paper Packets
Grand Total: 304 Meetings
32 Meetings with actual Senators and Congressmen
29 Meetings with Legislative Directors
3 Meetings with Chiefs of Staff
3 Meetings with Regulatory Agencies (USFWS, USFS, BLM)

Women’s Mining Coalition Meets with Over 225 Congressional Offices
Mining Advocacy Group Successfully Completes  23rd Annual Washington D.C Fly-In

April 22, 2015 - Forty members of the Women’s Mining Coalition (WMC) from 16 states traveled to Washington D.C. for its 23rd annual Fly-In for meetings on Capital Hill during the week of April 13, 2015. The women work in the hardrock, coal and industrial minerals industries and for companies that provide goods and services to mining companies. Since its inception in 1993, WMC has made annual trips to Washington, DC to advocate for a robust U.S. mining industry and to discuss issues of importance to the domestic mining industry with members of Congress and Congressional staff.

This year’s fly-in focused on building support for Congressman Amodei’s National Strategic and Critical Minerals Act of 2015, which was introduced today, and the Stewart-Gardner Greater Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act, S. 1036, which was introduced in the Senate today and will be introduced tomorrow in the House. As a result of the WMC meetings, additional co-sponsorships were obtained for both bills. 

WMC members also brought clarity to the concerns of administrative over-reach on issues like carbon emissions and ozone rules by the EPA and the stream buffer zone rule by the Office of Surface Mining.  EPA CERCLA 108(b) financial assurance rulemaking was discussed with Hill staffers and members; such rulemaking is duplicative and unnecessary. WMC Fly-In participants asked members to support Congressman Gosar’s H.R 594 “Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2015”, which addresses concerns and uncertainties caused by the proposed rule (Definition of Waters of the United States’ Under the Clean Water Act.

The 2015 WMC Fly-In efforts yielded 228 face-to-face meetings with Congressional offices and in 32 cases, meetings with elected officials themselves.  Additionally, 76 drop-off information packets were distributed to offices where schedules conflicted and personal meetings were not possible. WMC continues to bring insight to the importance of modern mining, to advocate for a strong and productive domestic mining industry, and to showcase the professionalism of women who work in the mining industry.

Nicole Preuss, WMC President, noted “The timeliness of this years’ WMC Fly-In cannot be overstated.  The Fly-In participants were able to highlight the importance of numerous bills being introduced in Congress.  This talented group of women personify modern mining with their professionalism and dedication to advocating for a strong domestic mining industry.”
WMC’s mission is to deliver the message to our legislators that a strong mining industry is vitally important to our nation, our communities, our families, and our livelihoods, and that today’s regulations and modern technologies ensure responsible stewardship of our lands. WMC facilitates and provides the opportunity for our grassroots members to band together for a stronger voice with their congressional delegation.

Sponsors and Donors


Agnico Eagle Mining Company
American Coal Council
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
American Exploration & Mining Association
Arch Coal
Boart Longyear
Charah, Inc.
Chevron Mining Inc.
Clean Coal Solutions, LLC
Coeur Mining, Inc.
Debra and Eric Struhsacker
Express Marine
Golder Associates
Hecla Mining Company
Joy Global
Kappes Cassiday & Associates
Kirby Ocean Transport Company

Linda Tokarczyk
Millennium Bulk Terminal Longview
Mine Development Associates
Mining & Metallurgical Society of America
Murray Energy
National Mining Association
Nevada Landmen’s Association
Peabody Energy
Pershing Gold Corporation
Rare Element Resources
Sharon Rigby
Sumitomo Pogo Mine
Teck American Inc.
The Indiana Rail Road Company
United Bulk Terminals
Usibelli Coal Mine
Venable LLP


Trip Pictures

Cherry Tree in Bloom
Cherry Blossom Time in DC! Sen. Michael Bennet (CO) at Coffee Andrea Reither, Jean Bustard, Betty Gibbs at Bennet (Colo) office

Teresa Conner, Ruth Carraher, Debbie Struhsacker, Elizabeth Zbinden, Rep. Mark Amodei (NV), Sara Thorne


Deantha Crockett, Beth Madison, Lorali Simon, Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK), Lorna Shaw, Bartly Kleven, Anna Atchison


Lorali Simon, Rep. Dan Benishek (MI), Ann Couwenhoven, Cathy Suda


Terah Burdett, Sen Joe Manchin (WV), Rebecca Blackburn


Sara Thorne, Elizabeth Zbinden, Rep. Joe Heck (NV), Ann Carpenter, Ruth Carraher


Beth Madison, Liz Crafford, Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY), Wendy Hutchinson, Lorna Shaw

Betsy Monseu, Sen Debbie Stabenow (MI), Cathy Suda, Jennifer Wicke
GroupWithNolanLorali Simon, Rep. Rick Nolan (MN), Cathy Suda, Ann Couwenhoven

WMC Members with Sen John Barraso (WY) and Sen Michael Enzi (WY)