Today, Chairman Hastings addressed coal miners from across the country at the “Rally for American Energy Jobs” in Washington D.C. to send a message to the Obama Administration to STOP the war on coal, coal jobs, and reliable and affordable electricity. Since taking office, President Obama has made his contempt for coal clear with a regulatory assault on this abundant natural energy resource that provides over 40 percent of America’s power and supports the livelihoods of thousands of Americans wh...
October 29, 2013
Last week, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren took a look at Northeastern fishermen whose businesses have been affected by the Magnuson-Stevens Act. On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources held a hearing on the "Re-authorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act" where witnesses called for increased flexibility in the Re-authorization of the act.

September 16, 2013
On Wednesday, September 4th, the House Natural Resources Committee held two Full Committee field hearings in Casper, Wyoming and Billings, Montana on “State and Local Efforts to Protect Species, Jobs, Property, and Multiple Use Amidst a New War on the West.” At these hearings, witnesses discussed how federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings can impact local jobs and the economy and how federal litigation often stands in the way of successful local and state recovery efforts. Watch some of t...
September 05, 2013
Widespread Catastrophic Wildfires Prompt Federal Government to Raise Level
This week the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group raised the National Preparedness Level to 5, its highest level indicating high fire activity with increasing threats. The last time the National Preparedness Level was raised to 5 was July 1, 2008 and remained at this highest level for 22 days. A raised preparedness level indicates a high degree of wildfire activity, a major commitment of fire resources and the probability that severe conditions will continue for at least a few days. This an...
August 23, 2013
Updated Map Shows Range of Fires
Last week, NBC Nightly News highlighted the wildfires burning throughout the United States. There are currently 39 fires in 11 states. The map below shows location and proximity of the current fires. This year is on track to be a record year for wildfires. Watch Here:

August 21, 2013
In a recent article in The Atlantic, Karl Smith from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, explains how hydraulic fracturing could help end gasoline price volatility. Hydraulic fracturing allows the development of oil reserves that have previously been unreachable with other forms of energy exploration. While a traditional well may produce 50 barrels of oil per day, a fracked well can produce upwards of 7,000 barrels per day. This fracked crude oil is much lighter, which means that mor...
August 09, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “Report: Wildlife agency ignored whistle-blowers” Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “Franklin County farmer testifies in Washington, D.C., to protect bladderpod” Capital Press – Tim Hearden: “Hastings bill aims to improve forest management, prevent wildfires” The World – Thomas Moriarty: “Timber bill moves ahead in U.S. House” HydroWorld: “U.S. House committee approves additional small conduit hydro development bill” Gre...
August 02, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “House panel votes to block Interior’s ‘fracking’ rule” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “GOP advances bill to block federal fracturing rules” Durango Herald – Joe Hanel: “Tipton’s healthy-forest bill makes it through House panel” Missoulian – Rob Chaney: “Daines amendments focus on forest fires, mismanagement” Pueblo Chieftain – Chris Woodka: “Forest health bill moves in House” Washington Examiner – Michael Conger: “House investig...
August 01, 2013
What We Are Reading This Morning
The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama taps Interior official for deputy secretary post” Associated Press: “Feds to lease mineral rights in Ohio forest” Associated Press: “3 Native American tribes seek funding for satellite voter registration, early voting stations” Associated Press: Heather Hollingsworth: “Criticism of Blueway program persists after Interior Dept. rescinds White River's designation” KSMU – Jennifer Davidson: “Crowd Packs Field Hearing on 'Blu...
July 31, 2013
President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs By Glenn Kessler 7/30/2013 “My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year or two — and then after that we’re talking about somewhere between 50 and 100 [chuckles] jobs in a economy of 150 million working people.” — President Obama, interview with The New ...
July 30, 2013
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