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  • press release | 06/24/2015
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs heard from witnesses representing all of Puerto Rico’s political parties during a hearing to review the relationship between the current economic crisis gripping the island and the unresolved issue of political status. “Changes to Puerto Rico’s political status will ultimately be made by its citizens, but this Committee has an obligation to monitor developments, especially given the significant economic challenges facing the is...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review a report published yesterday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is chronically mismanaging its bonding program for renewable energy projects. The report found that BLM systems for tracking bonds are unreliable and inconsistent; BLM does not adequately bond some rights-of-way; BLM does not consistently document how it makes bond amount decisions; and BLM’s...... read more
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  • press release | 06/24/2015
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued this statement following a decision by the U.S. District Court of Wyoming to grant a stay of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. As a result of the decision, compliance with BLM's rule, which was originally intended to go into effect on June 24th, has been delayed until early August. “This is a rule based on fear not facts that favors Washington bureaucracy over progress and science. The DOE and the EPA...... read more
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  • press release | 06/19/2015
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the announcement today from the U.S. Forest Service on the agency’s decision to officially withdrawal its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management. “From the outset the Forest Service failed to identify any practical or legal basis for this directive. The decision to officially withdraw concludes the bipartisan effort to stop this baseless and misguided proposal. Finally, after more than a...... read more
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  • press release | 06/16/2015
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s proposed Arctic Rule and its potential impacts on offshore energy development to native Alaskans, the State of Alaska, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and to our nation’s goal of energy security. The hearing also focused on a recent study by the National Petroleum Council (NPC), a federally chartered body with more than 200 members appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Ener...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander with this White House. With absolute disregard for the consequences, the Obama Administration continues to selectively apply the law in order to force th...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued this statement following a decision by the U.S. District Court of Wyoming to grant a stay of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) hydraulic fracturing rule. As a result of the decision, compliance with BLM's rule, which was originally intended to go into effect on June 24th, has been delayed until early August. “This is a rule based...... read more
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    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today held a hearing to review a report published yesterday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is chronically mismanaging its bonding program for renewable energy projects. The report found that BLM systems for tracking bonds are unreliable and inconsistent; BLM does not adequately bond ...... read more
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    Today, the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs heard from witnesses representing all of Puerto Rico’s political parties during a hearing to review the relationship between the current economic crisis gripping the island and the unresolved issue of political status. “Changes to Puerto Rico’s political status will ultimately be made by its citizens, but this Committee has an ob...... read more
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    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the announcement today from the U.S. Forest Service on the agency’s decision to officially withdrawal its Proposed Directive on Groundwater Management. “From the outset the Forest Service failed to identify any practical or legal basis for this directive. The decision to officially withdraw conc...... 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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    1. Itchy Palms – According to the superstition, if the right hand itches, money is coming in, but if the left hand itches money is going out. The Administration's budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior includes millions of new taxpayer dollars, so there will definitely be some cash flow. Tune in to see the federal government try to purchase even more federal lands, despite an exist...... read more
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    House Natural Resources Committee Accomplishments for the 113th Congress Click here to view ### ... read more
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    Click on the 'Comment' link and post your question to the Secretary here. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by House Committee on Natural Resources. ... read more
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    H.R. 2647, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015,” is a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. Following passage of H.R. 2647 on June 11, 2015 in the Committee on Natural Resources, the House Agriculture Committee on June 17, 2015, approved H.R. 2647. The bipartisan bill addresses disastrous consequences of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestations, and other threats to our nation’s forests. It also seeks to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands. At their hearing on June 17, 2015, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests. The bipartisan bill addresses disastrous consequences of catastrophic wildfire, insect and disease infestations, and other threats to our nation’s forests. It also seeks to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands.
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    President Obama has made repeated calls for American energy independence, stating "Making sure we've got world-class infrastructure, that shouldn’t be a partisan issue. That’s an American issue. It's not a Republican or a Democratic issue." Learn more about building out America's energy infrastructure by clicking here:
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    Chairman Rob Bishop delivers a punny closing argument for H.R. 1335
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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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