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  • press release | 09/17/2014
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5066, the Data Preservation Act of 2014, authored by Natural Resources Committee Member Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01). This legislation would help create jobs and improve the safety of construction projects and natural resources production by ensuring that these projects are moving forward with the most up-to-date and accurate data. Specifically, this legislation would reauthorize...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5412, the Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act. The legislation, introduced by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA 04), streamlines the Bureau of Reclamation’s environmental planning and study process for new surface water storage projects in order to help facilitate the construction of new or expanded dams and reservoirs. The bill mirrors the proc...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement at today’s Full Committee oversight hearing entitled “The Status of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office.” “In regards to oversight, it’s not only Congress’ right but our responsibility to h...... read more
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    An investigative report entitled “Ethics Under Review: An Oversight Investigation into the Department of the Interior’s Ethics Program and How Recusals are Managed for Senior Officials” was released today by the House Natural Resources Committee’s majority oversight staff. The report is the result of more than two years of investigation by Committee staff that identified weaknesses in how the Department of the Interior manages its ethics program, including the timeliness of its review of financi...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5066, the Data Preservation Act of 2014, authored by Natural Resources Committee Member Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01). This legislation would help create jobs and improve the safety of construction projects and natural resources production by ensuring that these projects are moving forward with the most up-to-date and accurate data. Specifically, this legislation would reauthorize...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5066, the Data Preservation Act of 2014, authored by Natural Resources Committee Member Rep. Dan Benishek, M.D. (MI-01). This legislation would help create jobs and improve the safety of construction projects and natural resources production by ensuring that these projects are moving ...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5412, the Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act. The legislation, introduced by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA 04), streamlines the Bureau of Reclamation’s environmental planning and study process for new surface water storage projects in order t...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following opening statement at today’s Full Committee oversight hearing entitled “The Status of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Soli...... read more
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    An investigative report entitled “Ethics Under Review: An Oversight Investigation into the Department of the Interior’s Ethics Program and How Recusals are Managed for Senior Officials” was released today by the House Natural Resources Committee’s majority oversight staff. The report is the result of more than two years of investigation by Committee staff that identified weaknesses in how the Depa...... read more
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    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held a Full Committee legislative hearing on six pieces of legislation aimed at updating and improving the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law that has not been reauthorized since 1988. This hearing is the latest in the Committee’s efforts to review the ESA to make sure that this important law is working in the best interests of species and people. “The...... read more
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  • TWITTER | 09/17/2014

    Happening now: @NatResources subcmt hrg on @CongressmanDan's H.R. 5066 and H.R. 5176. Watch online: http://t.co/3zxhM60Xfn

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  • TWITTER | 09/11/2014

    Happening now: @NatResources hearing with @Interior Acting IG Mary Kendall on failure to comply to subpoenas http://t.co/3zxhM60Xfn

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  • TWITTER | 09/10/2014

    Happening now: @NatResources WP subcommittee hrg on HR 5412, @DocHastings bill for more water storage. Watch here: http://t.co/3zxhM60Xfn

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  • TWITTER | 09/10/2014

    At todays hrg with #FWS and Solicitor’s office @Interior defended redacted docs in response 2 congressional oversight http://t.co/fJqtIPFXnh

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  • TWITTER | 09/10/2014

    RT @RepDLamborn: Questions from today's @NatResources hearing on obstruction by Obama Admin. officials in the Fish&Wildlife Service https:/…

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    Wednesday, March 19th the Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight field hearing in Fresno, CA on "California Water Crisis and Its Impacts: The Need for Immediate and Long-Term Solutions." This field hearing is designed to focus on the need to resolve differences in order to bring immediate and long-term water supplies to the San Joaquin Valley and other parts of California. The lack of ra...... read more
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    Examiner Editorial: Fighting waste and fraud requires junkyard dogs, not pawns Washington Examiner March 13, 2014 When Congress and President Carter approved creation of the present inspector general program in 1978, the new officials were intended to be the front line of attack against waste and fraud in the federal government. Federal spending was just over $400 billion that year. Washington wi...... read more
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    This week the House will consider H.R. 3964, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, introduced by the Republican California delegation, addresses the emergency drought in California by restoring some water supplies San Joaquin Valley Farmers. The lack of rainfall has exacerbated the man-made drought caused by federal regulations and environmental lawsuits. On January 17, 2...... read more
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    America can count on reliable and affordable electricity from coal for the foreseeable future. This will only happen if the Obama Administration stops its constant attacks on this abundant resource. In 2013, coal provided America with 40% of America’s electricity while providing countless direct and indirect jobs. Many communities around the country rely upon coal for their livelihoods. Needless t...... read more
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    Oversight Hearing on "The Status of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Responses to Committee Subpoenas and the Continued Lack of Transparency about Its Implementation and Enforcement of American Wildlife Laws, and Oversight of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office."
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    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) delivered the following floor statement in support of H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act.
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    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) addressed the House floor in support of H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gas Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act.
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    April 29, 2014,the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on "American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers." The hearing examined the well-paying jobs opportunities for technical and skilled workers that have been created by the recent American energy boom. Mike Rowe, former host of Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" and CEO of mikeroweWorks testified at this hearing.
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  • COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES | 09/19/2014

    Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4924

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 4924 (Gosar), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to enter into the Big Sandy River-Planet Ranch Water Rights Settlement Agreement and the Hualapai Tribe Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement
      Agreement, to provide for the lease of certain land located within Planet Ranch on the Bill Williams River in the State of Arizona to benefit the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program, and to provide for the settlement of specific water rights claims in the Bill Williams River watershed in the State of Arizona. “Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014”

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Tom McClintock
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    The Honorable Marietta J. Pagilawa
    Council Member
    Hualapai Tribe 
    Peach Springs, Arizona

    Mr. Francis McAllister
    Vice President of Land & Water
    Freeport Minerals Corporation
    Phoenix, Arizona

    Mr. Thomas Buschatzke
    Assistant Director
    Arizona Department of Water Resources
    Phoenix, Arizona

    The Honorable Michael Black
    Director
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Department of the Interior
    Washington, DC 

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    Full Committee Markup on:

    • H.R. 69 (Bordallo), To strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, to amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention, and for other purposes. (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2013)
    • H.R. 706 (Cicilline), To establish the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, to dedicate the Park to John H. Chafee, and for other purposes. (Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act)
    • H.R. 712 (Frelinghuysen), To extend the authorization of the Highlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2024.
    • H.R. 1363 (Labrador), To promote timely exploration for geothermal resources under existing geothermal leases, and for other purposes. (Exploring for Geothermal Energy on Federal Lands Act) 
    • H.R. 1839 (Tipton), To designate certain Federal land in the San Juan National Forest in the State of Colorado as wilderness, and for other purposes. (Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act of 2013)
    • H.R. 3226 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina.
    • H.R. 3227 (Rice), To remove from the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System certain properties in South Carolina.
    • HR 3326 (Huffman), To provide for an exchange of land between the United States and the Trinity Public Utilities District of Trinity County, California, involving a parcel of National Forest System land in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. (Trinity County Land Exchange Act of 2013)
    • H.R. 3608 (Nolan), To amend the Act of October 19, 1973, concerning taxable income to members of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. (Grand Portage Band Per Capita Adjustment Act)
    • H.R. 3980 (McClintock), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to coordinate Federal and State permitting processes related to the construction of new surface water storage projects on lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture and to designate the Bureau of Reclamation as the lead agency for permit processing, and for other purposes. (Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act)
    • H.R. 3981 (Hastings of Washington), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to allow for prepayment of repayment contracts between the United States and water users, to provide surface water storage enhancement, and for other purposes. (Accelerated Revenue, Repayment, and Surface Water Storage Enhancement Act)
    • HR 4166 (Thompson of California), To transfer recreational management authority for Lake Berryessa in the State of California from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Bureau of Land Management, and for other purposes. (Lake Berryessa Recreation Enhancement Act of 2014)
    • H.R. 4534 (Cramer), To amend the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings, and for other purposes. (Native American Children's Safety Act)
    • H.R. 4846 (Polis), To adjust the boundary of the Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, and for other purposes. (Arapaho National Forest Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014)
    • H.R. 5003 (Gingrey), To adjust the boundary of the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to include the Wallis House and Harriston Hill, and for other purposes. (Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park Boundary Adjustment Act of 2014)
    • H.R. 5040 (Labrador), To require the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land to Idaho County in the State of Idaho, and for other purposes. (Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act)
    • H.R. 5049 (Simpson), To exchange trust and fee land to resolve land disputes created by the realignment of the Blackfoot River along the boundary of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, and for other purposes. (Blackfoot River Land Exchange Act of 2014)
    • H.R. 5050 (Simpson), To repeal the Act of May 31, 1918, and for other purposes. (May 31, 1918 Act Repeal Act)
    • H.R. 5139  (Clawson), To correct the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System areas included in Florida System Unit P-16. 
    • H.R. 5162 (Goodlatte), To amend the Act entitled "An Act to allow a certain parcel of land in Rockingham County, Virginia, to be used for a child care center" to remove the use restriction, and for other purposes. 
    • H.R. 5167 (Young of Alaska), To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. 
    • H.R. 5412 (Hastings of Washington), To facilitate and streamline the Bureau of Reclamation process for creating or expanding surface water storage under Reclamation law. (Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act)
    • H.R. 5476 (Hastings of Washington), To modify the Forest Service Recreation Residence Program as the program applies to units of the National Forest System derived from the public domain by implementing a simple, equitable, and predictable procedure for determining cabin user fees, and for other purposes. (Cabin Fee Act of 2014) 
    • S. 363 (Wyden), A bill to expand geothermal production, and for other purposes. (Geothermal Production Expansion Act of 2013) 
    • S. 609 (Udall of New Mexico), A bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico, and for other purposes. (San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act)

    Committee Action Summary:

    Following the conclusion of this mark, a full summary will be posted.

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • H.R. 5066 (Benishek), To reauthorize the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program Act of 2005 through 2019. “Data Preservation Act of 2014.”
    • H.R. 5176 (Lujan), To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, and for other purposes.

    Watch the Live Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doug Lamborn
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Johnathan D. Arthur, Ph.D., P.G. (H.R. 5066)
    President, Association of American State Geologists
    Director and State Geologist of Florida 
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Patrick J. Gooding (H.R. 5066)
    Kentucky Geological Survey
    University of Kentucky, Well Sample and Core Library 
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Theodore A. Pagano, P.G., P.E. (H.R. 5066)
    General Manager
    Michigan Potash Company, LLC
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Walter Phelps(H.R. 5176)
    Council Delegate
    Navajo Nation

    The Honorable Michael Nedd (H.R. 5176)
    Assistant Director, Energy, Minerals, and Realty Management
    Bureau of Land Management
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    Accompanied by:
    Kevin Gallagher (H.R. 5066)
    Associate Director of Core Science Systems
    U.S. Geological Survey 
    U.S. Department of the Interior

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    Oversight Hearing on:

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      Oversight of the Office of Inspector General and its Ongoing Failure to Comply with a Subpoena for Documents about a Recent Investigation."

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Doc Hastings
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    The Honorable Mary Kendall
    Deputy Inspector General
    U.S. Department of the Interior

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    Legislative Hearing on:

    • ​​​H.R. 5412 (Hastings), To facilitate and streamline the Bureau of Reclamation process for creating or expanding surface water storage under Reclamation law. ​"Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act." 

    Archived Video Webcast:

    Member Statements:

    The Honorable Tom McClintock 
    Subcommittee Chairman

    The Honorable Doc Hastings
    Chairman

    Witnesses and Testimony:

    Mr. Dan Keppen
    Executive Director
    Family Farm Alliance
    Klamath Falls, Oregon
    (Truth in Testimony Form)

    Mr. Bennett Raley
    Attorney
    Trout Law
    Denver, Colorado
    (Truth in Testimony)

    Mr. Jeffrey P. Sutton
    General Manager
    Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority
    Willows, California
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    ICYMI: Last week, Chairman Hastings' sat down with Argi-pulse "Open Mike" to discuss the ESA, forest health, and his chairmanship. Listen to the full interview here:http://www.agri-pulse.com/Open-mic-Doc-Hastings-08042014.asp And tell us what you think.Open Mic with Doc Hastings | AgriPulsewww.agri-pulse.comAs Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings seeks to guide t...... read more
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    Committee Charts and GraphsBy the numbers: This chart shows ESA Mega-settlements by the Obama Administration that could potentially list hundreds of new species. — in Washington, District of Columbia, DC.... read more
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    Busy Day for House Committee on Natural Resources 10:00AM - Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Legislative Hearing on 8 lands bills. 10:00AM - Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Legislative Hearing on 3 geothermal energy bills 2:00PM - Subcommittee on Indian and Alaskan Native Affairs Legislative Hearing on 5 Indian bills. On the House Floor: H.R. 4315, 21st Centur...... read more
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    This week, the House will consider HR 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act. Did you know the ESA was drafted and signed into law before the World Wide Web, cell phones and mobile internet? This bill will help increase data and cost transparency. Tell us what you think. Do you think ESA science should be published online? For More: http://naturalresources.house.gov/legis...... read more
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    REPORT: Worthy Memorial for President and General Eisenhower Needed; Chronic Mismanagement Plagues Process Committee Releases Staff Report Highlighting Ongoing Mismanagement, Cost Overruns, Fundraising Problems and Approval Delays http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389227... read more
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