• Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 6, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Offshore drilling proponents launch new push on Capitol Hill” Oil and Gas Journal – Paula Dittrick: “API cites growing support for opening areas to offshore drilling” Cape Cod Times – Mary Ann Bragg: “NOAA to make reduced ship speeds permanen... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: “Senior House GOP lawmaker revives offshore drilling bill” Fuel Fix – Jennifer Hiller: “Texas leads nation in drilling activity – by a lot” Bloomberg: “California lawmakers turn down moratorium on fracking” New York Times –Jess Bidgood: “Massachusetts... More
  • Chairman Hastings Releases Draft Legislation to Expand Safe, Responsible Production of U.S. Offshore Energy Resources
    Press Release
    May 30, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today released draft legislation to expand U.S. offshore energy production in order to create new American jobs, lower energy prices, grow our economy, and strengthen national security. The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act would remove government barriers that... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 30, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico Pro white board – Andrew Restuccia: “Hastings calls on Interior to preserve documents for probe” E&E – Phil Taylor: “Interior to launch energy safety institute” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds launch new offshore safety institute” Wall Street Journal OpEd– Tho... More
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Chairmen Hastings and Bishop Letter to Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission Chairman Siciliano and Executive Director Reddel Requesting Documents on High Costs Associated with Eisenhower Memorial Gehry Design
    Letters
    May 15, 2013 -
    Dear Mr. Siciliano and Brig. Gen. Reddel: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission's ("Commission") Fiscal Year 2014 budget request seeks a total of $51 million to pay for the construction of the planned Eisenhower Memorial and the salaries and expenses of the Commission itself. This would be in addition to the $63... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 7, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Alison Sider: “Coastal Governors Want More Offshore Drilling” Fuel Fix OpEd – Jeff Miller: “Guest Commentary: Deep-water oil and gas essential to global energy future” Associated Press: “Steam proposed to extract central Wyoming oil” The Atlantic – Ste... More
  • 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
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