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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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  • press release | 07/28/2015
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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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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the President’s remarks in New Orleans: “The White House has held fast to its mantra that a tragedy is a terrible thing to waste. Burning plenty of carbon-emitting fuel as Air Force One travels to New Orleans, the President has hijacked the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in...... read more
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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation’s latest announcement to flush Trinity River water towards non-listed fish species. “As California and the West are drying up, the Obama Administration has announced another unjustified water grab that prioritizes fish over people. People out West are suffering fr...... read more
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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s remarks at the Eighth Annual National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Once again, the President is deceptively touting his Administration’s agenda as necessary to expand affordable energy to more Americans. This could not be further from the truth. The Ad...... read more
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    Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) responded to the loss of the three firefighters who lost their lives fighting the Twisp River fire in Washington State this week: Tom Zbyszewski, 20, Andrew Zajac, 26, and Richard Wheeler, 31. This follows the deaths of David Ruhl, 38, and Michael Hallenback, 21, who died fighting two different California wildfires earlier this summer. “I am grieved to hear about ...... read more
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    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for limiting methane from the oil and natural gas industry. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response: “The EPA’s plan to limit emissions flies in the face of technological reality. The truth is that while the oil and natural gas industry has greatly increased production on state and private lands, m...... 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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    Congressman Bruce Westerman at the House Committee on Natural Resources Full Committee Hearing on Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement of Endangered Species Act Consultation
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    Rep. Jody Hice questions President, William Mohl of Entergy Wholesale Commodities at the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing on "Federal Implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Act" Learn more about the hearing here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=399111
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    Rep. Rob Bishop questions Director Neal Kornze on preparedness for implementation at Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing on "The Future of Hydraulic Fracturing on Federally Managed Lands" Learn more about the hearing here: http://1.usa.gov/1IYBqHy
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    Rep. Fleming questions Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper on seismic impacts on marine life at the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Oversight Hearing on "The Fundamental Role of Safe Seismic Surveying in OCS Energy Exploration and Development"
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    On July 9, 2015, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2647, a bill that increases active management and solves "fire borrowing," or the transferring of funding from vital forest management programs to pay for the cost of fighting wildfires. With bipartisan support in the Senate, this legislation can become law.
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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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