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  • press release | 03/26/2015
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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-AK), along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter today to Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, requesting that the Department refrain from issuing a final rule on tribal acknowledgement regulations as set forth in 25 C.F.R. Part 83, cautioning that the proposed rul...... read more
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  • press release | 03/20/2015
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    Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Department of the Interior released a long-anticipated and highly controversial finalized rule on hydraulic fracturing and well construction on federal lands. Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) released the following statement: “I disagree with the underlying premise of this duplicative and nonsensical rule. What this Administration fails to understand or prefers to ignore, is that states have been responsibly and effectively regulating energy develo...... read more
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  • press release | 03/20/2015
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    November 20, 2013 Committee approves bipartisan bill to stop duplicative federal hydraulic fracturing regulations. July 31, 2013 Committee approves bipartisan bill to prevent duplicative federal hydraulic fracturing regulations. July 19, 2013 Committee holds hearing on hydraulic fracturing legislation. May 21, 2013 Committee requests additional time to review and comment on interior’s final hydraulic fracturing rule. May 16, 2013 Committee says Obama administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturi...... read more
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  • press release | 03/17/2015
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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe (R-OK) today sent a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe, requesting that the FWS extend the comment period and delay the listing determination for the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Click here to view the full letter. “Earlier this month, numerous members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. H...... read more
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  • press release | 03/16/2015
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    On March 5, 2015, Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-6) questioned Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the Administration’s recently released draft five-year (2017-2022) leasing plan for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) that, despite a limited offering of one potential lease sale in the Atlantic, is the lowest number of lease sales proposed in the history of the program. When asked if the Administration could guarantee that the Atlantic...... read more
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    Today’s hearing will address the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management’s 2016 budget proposals for energy and minerals management. We will be examining how these agencies’ budgets will be used to promote energy development, and how safe operations can be ensured without duplicative and overly burdensome regulations. The BLM seeks $1.35 billion dollars for funding in Fiscal Year 2016, a...... read more
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    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs Don Young (R-AK), along with Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT) sent a letter today to Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, requesting that the Department refrain from issuing a final rule on tr...... read more
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    Believe it or not, folks, it’s not BLM HF all day and all night. Although the hearing with BLM Director Neil Kornze and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell was justifiably fracking-heavy, I want to highlight this exchange between Chairman Bishop and Tidwell. MOUs? Chairman Bishop: “Have the states…screwed up? Are the state [water] engineers incompetent? Is that what the Forest Service is trying to s...... read more
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    The Department of the Interior will generate $13.8 billion next year and consume only $13.1 billion. This is as it should be. The public lands under its jurisdiction – and under the Department of Agriculture with respect to National Forest land – represents vast resources upon which our economic prosperity partly depends. We should note, however, that this operating surplus is largely due to energ...... read more
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    Today the Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans meets to review the budgets of the federal agencies charged with the responsibility of utilizing the immensely important water and power resources of the United States. Most of the agencies we will hear from today are regional in scope, but have nationwide impacts. The Bureau of Reclamation, for example, has allowed our Western states to flourish ...... 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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    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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