• Witnesses Highlight States’ Successes in Regulating Fracking
    Press Release
    Jul 25, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Representative Bill Flores (TX-17), would protect state rights, American jobs and Ame... More
  • Johnson, Lamborn Introduce Legislation To Protect Jobs, Help Stop Obama Administration’s War on Coal
    Press Release
    Jul 25, 2013 -
    Representative Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today introduced H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act. This legislation would protect American jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and support U.S. energy product... More
  • Witnesses Agree Closing Access to Yosemite a Public Disservice
    Press Release
    Jul 9, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on the “Public Impact of Closing Amenities at Yosemite National Park.” The hearing examined the impact of the Merced River Plan on tourists, local economies and the environment. Yosemite National Park,... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jun 13, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: UPI: “Rep. Hastings calls for pro-energy bill passage in House” Platts – Brian Scheid: “US House committee passes three oil and gas bills” Southeast Missourian – Erin Ragan: “Jason Smith to serve on House Natural Resources and Judiciary committees” Washington Examiner – Eric... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Natural Resources Committee Will Soon Begin Consideration of Several Wilderness Proposals
    Blog
    Jun 11, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings on the House floor today announced that the Committee next month will begin consideration of several proposals to designate new wilderness. Full statement: “While we are discussing public lands legislation, I would also like to inform the House that the Committee ... More
  • Utah Governor Herbert Emphasizes Success of Western States in Land Management
    Press Release
    May 21, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing featuring testimony by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Chairman of the Western Governors’ Association. The hearing highlighted the challenges of western states regarding federal and state land management. At the hearing, Members ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mathews Burwell Requesting Documents on the Decision-making Process for the Retroactive Cuts to Secure Rural School Payments
    Letters
    May 20, 2013 -
    Dear Director Matthews Burwell: In March 2013, the Forest Service ("Service") began demanding states return $17.9 million they had received - and in many cases already spent - under the Secure Rural Schools Program ("SRS"). Congress has authorized this money to help pay for schools and services in areas where environme... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Obama Administration’s Proposed Hydraulic Fracturing Rule Imposes New Layers of Red-Tape, Duplicates States’ Efforts
    Press Release
    May 16, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement on the proposed regulations of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands announced today by the Department of the Interior: “The Obama Administration is once again choosing costly red tape at the expense of American jobs and Am... More
  • VIDEO: Drill Permit Streamlining Bill Sponsored by Rep. Cramer Passes House
    Blog
    May 16, 2013 -
    In North Dakota, it can take 10 times as long to get a drilling permit on federal lands compared to state lands. That is why the House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass H.R. 767, a bill sponsored by Committee member Congressman Cramer, which streamlines the federal permitting process in North Dakota to reduce... More
  • Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013 (H.R. 687)
    Committee Votes
    May 15, 2013 -
    Reporting H.R. 687 Out of Committee (Passed 23-19. View Roll Call Vote) The bill would authorize a land exchange to open up the largest copper mine in North America and protect environmentally sensitive land. This bipartisan legislation would create nearly 3,700 jobs, provide billions in tax revenue, generate over $60 ... More
  • Witnesses to House Committee: Federal Government Must Stay Out of Hydro-Fracking Regulation
    Press Release
    May 8, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “DOI Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication, and Delay.” This hearing focused on the potential impact that the Obama Administration’s proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal lands would have on job creation... More
  • House Subcommittee Examines Federal Impediments to Job Creation, Economic Growth, & Recreation on Public Lands
    Press Release
    May 7, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held an oversight hearing on “Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands.” This hearing examined obstacles put in place by the federal government that put more costs and burdens on small businesses and limit public access... 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
    Apr 25, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Washington Examiner editorial: “Keystone obstructions show how environmental extremism hobbles the economy” UPI: “Keystone XL bill clears House committee” Tri-City Herald: “U.S. House committee approves B Reactor Park at Hanford” Salt Lake Tribune – Thomas Burr: “House pane... More
  • What Can You Do in the Time it Takes to Get a Federal Onshore Drilling Permit Approved?
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    While the average time to get a permit to drill approved on state lands is 12-15 days, according the Bureau of Land Management the average time to get a permit approved on federal lands is a whopping 307 days. ### Printable PDF of this document More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 16, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Arizona Republic OpEd by Rep. Paul Gosar: “Wildfire policy must shift from reactive to proactive” Salt Lake Tribune – Thomas Burr: “Bishop seeks grand bargain on public lands” The Hill – Ben Geman: “New Interior chief takes to Twitter” Associated Press: “Saving endangered s... 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 12, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Houston Chronicle – Jennifer Dlouhy: “Fed fracturing rules seen as imminent” Platts – Gary Gentile: “Ken Salazar signs off from US Interior Department” AOL Energy – Jared Anderson: “EIA Sees Oil Price Differentials Narrowing, US Natural Gas Prices Increasing” The Hill – Zac... More
  • Republicans Committee Members Highlight Need for U.S. Forest Service to Restore Active Forest Management
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 11, 2013 -
    Today at the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation legislative hearing, Republican Members stressed the need for the U.S. Forest Service to resume active forest management and discussed several proposals to improve forest health. A lack of forest management has deprived rural counties of revenue nee... More
  • Witnesses Agree that Healthy Forest Management Will Create Jobs, Support Rural Schools, & Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires
    Press Release
    Apr 11, 2013 -
    Today, the House Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a legislative hearing on several pieces of legislation to restore active and healthy management of our national forests in order to provide a stable revenue stream for rural schools and counties and prevent devastating wildfires. The Subcom... More
  • State vs. Federal Forest Land Management
    Resourceful Information
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold a legislative hearing on the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act. This bill would renew the federal government’s commitment to manage forest resources for the benefit of rural schools and counties by requiring active for... More
  • New Assessment Shows Record Levels of U.S. Natural Gas
    Blog
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    Over the last decade, Americans have witnessed a drastic increase in natural gas production due to breakthroughs in drilling technologies such as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” This production has lead to economic growth, job creation, and most importantly decreased dependence on foreign sources of natural gas. Bu... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources News Morning Round-up: New York Times – Norimitsu Onishi: “Oyster Farm Caught Up in Pipeline Politics” AP – Jeff Barnard: “Feds recommend removing dams from Klamath River” BBC – Matt McGrath: “Fracking ‘not significant’ cause of large earthquakes” Bloomberg – Mark Drajem: “Natural Gas Resources S... More
  • Full Committee to Hold Oversight Hearing Examining Energy Production on Federal Lands vs. State and Private Lands
    Committee Action
    Apr 9, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a Full Committee oversight hearing on Wednesday, April 17th to examine the difference in energy production and permitting on federal lands versus state and private lands. While energy production on state and federal lands is flourishing, regulatory red tape and bureaucrat... More
  • Chairman Hastings Unveils Draft Proposal to Restore Active Forest Management and Help Rural Schools & Counties
    Press Release
    Apr 3, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today unveiled a draft proposal to address the expiration of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) program. The draft proposal, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, renews the federal government’s commitment to manage forest resources for the be... More
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