• Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Jake Sherman: “Democrats Peter DeFazio, Raul Grijalva vie for Ed Markey’s Natural Resources Committee post” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “New Interior secretary makes first offshore rig visit” The Hill – Zack Colman: “House to vote on Keystone XL bill in May” A... 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
  • Witnesses Stress Importance of Transboundary Agreement, Developing Shared Energy Reserves
    Press Release
    Apr 25, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing on the U.S. - Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement to examine steps needed for its implementation and a legislative hearing on H.R. 1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Auth... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 22, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: News Bonners Ferry OpEd – Rep. Raul Labrador: “Time to bring certainty to rural communities” E&E – Phil Taylor: “Panel to review bill approving U.S.-Mexico transboundary agreement” E&E – Nick Juliano: “Natural Resources to approve pipeline legislation this week” Wall Street... 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
  • Bill Introduced to Approve Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement with Mexico
    Press Release
    Apr 18, 2013 -
    Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), and House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today introduced H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act. The bill would appro... More
  • Houston Chronicle: Offshore unit draws lawmaker's scrutiny
    In Case You Missed It
    Mar 12, 2013 -
    Offshore unit draws lawmaker's scrutiny By Jennifer A. Dlouhy March 11, 2013 A top congressional Republican wants to know more about a new Interior Department team dedicated to rooting out wrongdoing by companies drilling offshore and the government officials who police them. The man behind the push, Rep. Doc Hastings... More
  • Witnesses: Increased Offshore Oil, Natural Gas, Wind Production Creates Thousands of Jobs, Grows Economy
    Press Release
    Mar 5, 2013 -
    The Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee held an oversight hearing today on “America’s Offshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices.” The hearing focused on the significant economic growth that increased production of offshore oil, natural gas and wind energy. “In light of record... More
  • The Offshore Energy Economy President Obama Doesn’t Want: Increased Offshore Energy Production = More Jobs, Bigger Economy, Lower Prices
    Resourceful Information
    Mar 5, 2013 -
    Ever since taking office, President Obama has erected barriers to increased offshore American energy production and systematically closed off new areas to drilling. Study after study has shown that increased offshore energy production will create jobs, grow the economy, lower prices and provide significant revenues to ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Regarding the Investigations and Review Unit
    Letters
    Mar 4, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Salazar: The Department of the Interior ("Department") established the Investigations and Review Unit ("IRU") in 2010, reportedly to respond to allegations of wrongdoing and unethical behavior by the offshore oil and gas industry and the Department officials who regulate those activities and to help coor... More
  • U.S. Dependence on Middle East Oil Increases Under President Obama While Federal Oil and Natural Gas Production Decline
    Hot Air Alert
    Feb 28, 2013 -
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) yesterday released disturbing new data that shows the United States has been increasing its dependence on oil from one of the most unstable regions in the world. Middle Eastern oil now accounts for more than 25 percent of American oil imports—a nine year high that has co... More
  • From the Headlines: Gasoline Prices Rise for 32 Days Straight, Hit American Families at Worst Possible Time
    In Case You Missed It
    Feb 19, 2013 -
    Yesterday marked 32 days in a row of increased gasoline prices, a 13 percent jump, according to the Automobile Association of America (AAA), which estimates the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.74. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the average price for gallon of gasoline was $1.... More
  • Memo Shows Energy Workers Earn More, Receive Larger Annual Raises
    Blog
    Feb 14, 2013 -
    A Congressional Research Service (CRS) memo released this week shows that wages for workers in oil and gas extraction have increased over 23% since 2007. During a time period in which the U.S. has faced dire unemployment rates, rampant job loss, and near economic collapse, workers in the oil and gas industry have conti... More
  • Governors Ask Interior Nominee to Reconsider Atlantic Drilling
    Blog
    Feb 14, 2013 -
    Today, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell sent a letter to Interior Secretary Nominee Sally Jewell asking for a re-examination of the Administration’s policies towards energy exploration and production on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OC... More
  • Under President Obama’s Leadership, Permits to Drill on Federal Lands Take 30 Percent Longer to Approve
    Hot Air Alert
    Feb 13, 2013 -
    During last night’s State of the Union, President Obama claimed his Administration has been actively working to speed up Applications for Permits to Drill (APDs) for energy producers on federal lands: “That’s why my Administration will keep cutting red tape and speeding up new oil and gas permits.” But facts are stubbo... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on Report Detailing Economic Benefits of Energy Production on Federal Lands
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after reviewing Dr. Joseph R. Mason’s report on the “Economic Effects of Immediately Opening Federal Lands to Oil and Gas Leasing: A Response to the Congressional Budget Office.” The report projects significant growth in jo... More
  • Mr. President, Where are the Jobs??
    Resourceful Information
    Jan 25, 2013 -
    As many media outlets have pointed out, the one issue most notably absent from President Obama’s inaugural address this week was jobs. With unemployment at 7.8 percent and the economy and jobs still topping the list of Americans’ greatest concerns, it’s baffling why the President chose not to mention this in his first ... More
  • Hastings Selected as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee
    Press Release
    Nov 28, 2012 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement after the Republican Conference selected him to serve as Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee in the 113th Congress: “I’m honored to have been selected by my Republican Colleagues to continue to serve as Chairman of ... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 4: Alaska
    Press Release
    Oct 26, 2012 -
    Alaska is home to some of the most abundant energy resources in this country. These resources, if responsibly harnessed, hold the potential to significantly strengthen American energy independence, create thousands of American jobs and generate billions of dollars in new revenue. Unfortunately, the Obama Administratio... More
  • President Obama Goes to Recycle Bin for Latest Offshore Lease Sale
    Press Release
    Oct 25, 2012 -
    Less than two weeks from the Presidential election, the Obama Administration is once again desperately trying to pretend that they support increased American oil and natural gas production. Today’s offshore lease sale announcement in the Western Gulf of Mexico is simply a recycling of their failed energy policies. They... More
  • Obama Administration American Energy Roadblocks Part 1: Offshore Drilling
    Press Release
    Oct 23, 2012 -
    President Obama and his Administration have spent nearly the past four years putting the brakes on new offshore American energy production and job creation. When President Obama was sworn into office in January 2009, nearly all of our offshore areas were newly open to American energy production. This was the result of... More
  • OVERSIGHT: Documents Sought from White House on Decision to Impose Offshore Drilling Moratorium in Gulf
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2012 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings today sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew requesting documents and interviews regarding White House officials’ role in the late-night editing of the Interior Department’s Drilling Moratorium Report to make it appear as though the moratorium in th... More
  • President Obama Confused Between Correlation and Causation of American Energy Production
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2012 -
    “Correlation does not imply causation” is certainly a rule President Obama learned while earning his law degree but something he has all but forgotten when it comes to his Administration’s dismal, job destroying energy policies. President Obama’s failed energy policies might correlate with America’s increase of oil and... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew Requesting Documents on the Imposition of an Offshore Drilling Moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico
    Letters
    Oct 17, 2012 -
    Dear Mr. Lew: Upon taking office, President Obama issued a memorandum to Department and Agency heads entitled “Scientific Integrity” that stated: “The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technol... More
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