• Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Jewell Regarding Counselor to the Secretary Steve Black
    Letters
    May 28, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Jewell: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has been conducting oversight of and investigating since 2011 several Department of the Interior policies, decisions, and activities, including the Department's decision to impose a 6-month moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, edits to a r... More
  • Chairman Hastings talks about the Keystone XL Pipeline on Fox Business News
    In Case You Missed It
    May 22, 2013 -
    Today, Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings spoke with Melissa Francis on Fox Business to discuss the Keystone XL Pipeline - a project that is vital to America's energy future. ### Printable PDF of this document More
  • Hastings: Keystone XL Pipeline Vital to America’s Energy Future
    Press Release
    May 22, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor in support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. “I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. This important legislation would remove roadblocks to allow for the approval and... More
  • Witnesses Highlight the Importance of Onshore Energy Development for Jobs, Economic Growth, & Energy Security
    Press Release
    May 22, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on four bills that would streamline government red tape and expand development of America’s onshore oil, natural gas, and renewable energy resources as part of a true all-of-the-above approach to energy production... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 22, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Lawmakers press Interior to slow down on fracking rules” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Unlikely alliance: Political foes plea for more time on fracturing rule” The Hill – Zack Colman: “White House threatens veto of Keystone bill” Fuel Fix – David R.... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 21, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Kim Murphy: “Alaska governor launches bid to measure oil in Arctic refuge” Joplin Globe – Andy Ostmeyer: “Federal agency proposes adding two Missouri mussels to endangered species list” Washington Examiner editorial: “Do 'Right by Ike' with scaled-down ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 20, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: CQ – Anna McGeehan: “Panel Passes Bills on Rare Earth, Critical Minerals” Associated Press: “U.S. Gas Prices Up 11 Cents Over Past 2 Weeks” US News and World Report – Elizabeth Flock: “Commission for Unbuilt Ike Memorial Wants Another $51 Million From Taxpayers” Washington ... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 16, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Platts: “US House Republicans release bills for more oil, gas drilling” Associated Press: “Gosar, Kirkpatrick legislation for proposed Arizona copper mine gets committee approval” Green River Star: “Lummis soda ash bill passes House committee” Associated Press: “New secreta... More
  • House Committee Approves Legislation to Approve Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement with Mexico
    Press Release
    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act” with a bipartisan vote of 25-16. This important legislation would approve and implement the terms of the U.S. - Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement that governs t... More
  • Natural Resources Committee Approves Three Bills to Help Develop Rare Earth and Critical Materials in the United States
    Press Release
    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills with bipartisan support that will create jobs, streamline government red-tape, and make America less dependent on foreign critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are vital to our everyday lives and are essential components of ren... More
  • Minerals in Our Everyday Lives
    Blog
    May 15, 2013 -
    Today, the Full Committee on Natural Resources is holding a markup on 18 bills including legislation that will help develop critical and strategic minerals. Critical and strategic minerals are fundamental components of technologies and everyday items ranging from cell phones, building materials and motor vehicles to pe... More
  • Legislation Introduced to Protect and Expand Energy Production on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    May 15, 2013 -
    Members of the House Natural Resources Committee introduced two bills to protect and expand U.S. onshore energy production on federal lands. The bills would remove government roadblocks and hurdles that delay American energy production, promote production of our oil shale resources, and ensure that oil and natural gas ... More
  • Increased American Energy Production Helps Boost US Job Numbers
    Blog
    May 3, 2013 -
    Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed that U.S. energy production is a job creator. Employment in oil and natural gas production rose 4.3% in the last year. This can largely be attributed to new energy production on state and private lands, which are significantly out producing federally permitte... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 1, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Energy Guardian – Edward Felker: “House GOP to highlight support for fracking, nat gas exports” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds set to unveil hydraulic fracturing rule within weeks” National Journal – Amy Harder: “The U.S. Has Much, Much More Gas and Oil Than We Though... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: New York Times – John M. Broder: “New Interior Chief Savors a Steep Learning Curve” Oak Ridger – Donna Smith: “Manhattan Project Park bill moves on” Greenwire – Phil Taylor: “New House bill would allow Va. leasing, share revenues with states” The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Admi... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 19, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: E&E – John McArdle: “Administration's final ocean plan sparks Hill debate on whether it streamlines or burdens agencies” E&E – Phil Taylor: “House Republicans introduce bill to approve U.S.-Mexico transboundary agreement” Billings Gazette – Rob Chaney: “Tribal ownership, op... More
  • Spoiler Alert: Increased American Energy Production Helps Ease High Gasoline Prices
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 15, 2013 -
    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gasoline prices will average $3.63 a gallon this summer, six cents lower from last year’s summer driving season. One of the reasons behind this drop in gasoline prices is the recent increase in U.S. oil production – specifically on state and private lands in plac... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 15, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Los Angeles Times – Phil Willon: “Joshua Tree targeted by graffiti vandals using social media” The Philadelphia Inquirer – Sandy Bauers: "White-nose syndrome that kills bats continues to spread” Kansas City Star: “Will Obama establish 'Idaho's Yellowstone' as a national mon... More
  • Chairman Hastings Disappointed in Lack of Transparency at DOI, Renews Request for Info on Job Destroying Coal Regulation
    Press Release
    Mar 27, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar expressing disappointment at the Department’s lack of transparency and failure to respond to the Committee’s legitimate oversight questions surrounding OSM’s bizarre decision to rewrit... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary Salazar Regarding Stream Buffer Zone Rule Rewrite
    Letters
    Mar 27, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Salazar: As you know, for more than two years the Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has been conducting oversight on issues regarding the Department of the Interior's and the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement's ("OSM") handling of the decision to toss aside and ultimately r... More
  • Meet our Members: Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
    Blog
    Mar 25, 2013 -
    Representing California's 1st District, located in the Northeast corner of the state, Congressman LaMalfa discusses his background in Agriculture and the variety of natural resources in his district. This year, in fact, Rep. LaMalfa's family celebrates 82 years in the rice farming business. See what Rep. LaMalfa has to... More
  • Subcommittee Hears Testimony on Importance of Increased Mining and Mineral Production for Job Creation, Economic Growth
    Press Release
    Mar 21, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America,” combined with a legislative hearing on seven mining bills that will create jobs, streamline government red-tape, and make America less dependen... More
  • Local Business Owners Thankful for Job Creation Benefits of American Energy Production on Private and State Lands
    Press Release
    Mar 14, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices.” The hearing was an opportunity to hear from witnesses who own and operate businesses that have benefited from increased production of American ... More
  • Amid Renewed Lawsuits, Chairman Hastings Calls on Obama Administration to Answer Questions on Job Destroying Coal Regulation
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to follow up on a more than two and a half year investigation into the Obama Administration’s decision to throw out the 2008 Stream Buffer Zone coal regulation, and write a new regulat... More
  • Chairman Hastings' Letter to Secretary Salazar Regarding the Stream Buffer Zone Rule Rewrite
    Letters
    Feb 22, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Salazar: Two years ago you received the first in a series of letters asking for information and documents that would explain the deeply concerning decisions made by the Department and the Office of Surface Mining ("OSM") over the last few years related to the decision to discard nearly 5 years of rulemak... More
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