Elko, Nev. – Interior Secretary David Bernhardt visited Elko on Tuesday to meet with Nevada Gold Mines, which was signing President Trump’s Pledge to America’s Workers.
Bernhardt was planning to visit Cortez Gold Mine, one of several mines that were combined earlier this month in a joint venture between Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Goldcorp Corp.
“The President is very committed to the appropriate development of resources and we’re out here doing a site inspection with a mine that we recently completed an environmental impact statement on,” he said.
With the number of jobs that have been added and unemployment at a historic low, Bernhardt said now is a good time for companies to invest in training and retraining opportunities.
About 280 companies have signed the Pledge to America’s Workers, he said.
“We have a 39 percent increase in GDP for mining since the President took office. Part of that is having a commonsense regulatory framework. We have made our processes more streamlined to ensure that decisions are made more quickly but still with high environmental standards. And what that means is that there’s more predictability to our process at Interior.”
Mining companies have complained in the past that the permitting process can take seven to 10 years.
“The President has set a goal that we get all major projects done within two years across the board, and that’s what we’re really striving to do,” Bernhardt said.