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  • press release | 07/29/2015
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    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on “Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to testify, despite the fact that, as the action agency implementing the Obama Administration’s new and existing coal-fired power plant rules, it is responsible for determining whether its proposed rules “may affect” a listed species or its critical habitat, pursuant to Section 7 (Interagency Consultation) under the Endangere...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on "Federal Implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act" (CZMA). This is the first hearing on CZMA that the Committee has held in 16 years. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) discussed the CZMA’s impact on the changing global energy landscape in the time period since the Act’s passage. “[T]he powers provided in this Act have allowed states and localities to make consistency determina...... read more
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  • press release | 07/22/2015
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    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on the process and development of the Obama Administration’s Social Cost of Carbon (SCC), a controversial statistical model that is being incorporated into all environmental reviews subject to approval under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The hearing is the second in a series of oversight hearings on NEPA and the Obama Administration’s unilateral expansion of regulations across the American economy. Chairman Rob Bishop...... read more
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  • press release | 07/16/2015
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (“OSM”) proposed Stream Protection Rule (SPR) released today by the U.S. Department of the Interior. “The Obama Administration has proven to be the bully regulation machine once again. Despite NEPA requirements that affected states be involved as cooperating agencies, the Administration has shamelessly sidelined the states in their sec...... read more
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  • press release | 07/16/2015
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    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2898, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015 with bipartisan support by a vote of 245-176. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement upon final passage. “In the midst of the drought crisis in California and the West, H.R. 2898 will liberate Americans from the prison of outdated water laws and radical environmental regulations that have exacerbated the drought and choked the economy. This imperative legislation...... read more
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    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee held a joint field hearing in Homestead, Florida, on the National Park Service’s (NPS) General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park released in June 2015. The GMP, which includes a Marine Reserve Zone (MRZ) that would be closed to all commercial and recreational fishing, conflicts with the position o...... read more
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    Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) of the House Committee on Natural Resources made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation." Remarks as prepared - Every day, Americans are required to comply with an ever growing list of federal regulations which restrict their freedoms and hinder their efforts to create jobs and g...... read more
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  • PRESS RELEASE | 07/29/2015

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    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on “Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to testify, despite the fact that, as the action agency implementing the Obama Administration’s new and existing coal-fired power plant rules, it is responsible for determining whether its proposed rules “may affect” a listed s...... read more
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    Today, forty-six Members of Congress sent a letter to Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) Director Joseph Pizarchik requesting an extension of the public comment period and more time for public review of OSM documents related to the Stream Protection Rule (SPR) and the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) published on July 16, 2015. Upon release of the letter, Commit...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on "Federal Implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act" (CZMA). This is the first hearing on CZMA that the Committee has held in 16 years. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) discussed the CZMA’s impact on the changing global energy landscape in the time period since the Act’s passage....... read more
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    Replay the Environmental Protection Agency’s apparent disregard for the Endangered Species Act requirements through the very animals they are affecting. The EPA thought they had it all figured out. They were going to shut down some power plants, solidify the President’s climate legacy, and nothing was going to stand in their way. Unfortunately, they forgot one minor detail: the law. Under the Enda...... read more
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    The current regulatory framework for water in the West is wrought with twists, turns, obstacles, and wasted resources. Follow the path and find how H.R. 2898, The Western Water and American Food Security Act, provides relief from challenges caused by inconsistent laws, court decisions, and regulations at the state and federal levels. To learn more about the bill, click here. ... read more
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    On the 10th annual Endangered Species Day, we're taking a look back at all of the ways the Endangered Species Act is stuck in the 70s, as told by other things that happened (and are no longer relevant) in 1973. P.S. There's a bonus you won't want to miss. 1. It is not recovering species The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is supposed to prevent species from going extinct, but the results just aren’t ...... read more
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    In developing its Clean Air Act rules for power plants, it appears as though the Environmental Protection Agency completely ignored the Endangered Species Act. On June 15, the Committee sent a letter to the Agency asking why it “has not satisfied its obligations” under the law. Today is the last day for the EPA to respond to that letter and clarify its actions. COMMENT below with your best guess f...... read more
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    Happy Father's Day to Congressman Garret Graves and all fathers!... read more
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    Today the U.S. Forest Service officially announced its decision to withdraw its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management. LIKE THIS POST to show your support for states and private water rights holders, who can have some peace of mind now that this policy is officially off the table! Learn more about the issue here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398843... read more
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    STARTING NOW: Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1157, H.R. 2386, H.R. 2538 ---> http://naturalresources.house.gov/live/... read more
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    This week, Chairman Rep. Rob Bishop and Senator Jim Inhofe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed Clean Air Act rules for power plants and failure to follow the Endangered Species Act. The Act clearly requires each federal agency to make sure they do not impact endangered and threatened species, or the...... read more
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