Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) introduced the "Materials Essential to American Leadership and Security (METALS) Act" (H.R.1407) to ensure the U.S. has access to a sustainable and secure supply of materials to safeguard our national security on March 7.
The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology announced its 2017 Symposium will happen in October, 2017. It is billed as "a forum where professionals, students, and amateurs interested in mineralogy and economic geology can share knowledge about mineral occurrences in the northern Rocky Mountain Region." The announcement can be downloaded from this post. For more details visit: https://www.mbmg.mtech.edu.
The West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey provides an interactive map of underground and surface coal mining activity in West Virginia. The map shows areas of active and historical coal mining in both underground and surface mines, with separate colors for auger and highwall mining.