• Witnesses: Federal Government Must Stop Its Regulatory Assault on Mining in America
    Press Release
    Oct 10, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled “EPA vs. American Mining Jobs: The Obama Administration’s Regulatory Assault on the Economy.” This hearing examined the onerous federal regulations and abusive actions by the Obama Administration, particul... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to President Obama Requesting Enactment of H.R. 527, the "Helium Stewardship Act"
    Letters
    Oct 1, 2013 -
    Dear Mr. President: I urge you to immediately sign H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act, and avoid a shutdown of the Federal Helium Reserve, which would cause an immediate world-wide helium shortage. This looming economic disaster has been the subject of ongoing Congressional attention for nearly two years. Over the la... More
  • Hastings’ Statement on Senate Passage of Helium Legislation
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act: “This final bill reflects true bipartisan and bicameral work for the greater good of our Nation and economy. I thank my colleagues in the House and Senate for ... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Increasing Domestic Production of Copper is Vital to Jobs, Economy & National Security
    Floor Statements
    Sep 26, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 687, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act: “Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 687, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act. As our... More
  • House Approves Legislation to Preserve Nation’s Helium Supply
    Press Release
    Sep 25, 2013 -
    The House of Representatives today approved, by a unanimous vote of 367-0, H. Res 354, to amend the Senate’s amendment to H.R. 527, the Helium Stewardship Act. The Helium Stewardship Act, as amended by the House, is a bipartisan, common sense action plan to preserve our Nation’s helium supply, close the helium reserve ... More
  • Vote today to pass the "Helium Stewardship Act"
    Dear Colleagues
    Sep 25, 2013 -
    Today, the House will have an opportunity to pass the "Helium Stewardship Act" and send to the Senate for final consideration a bill that preserves our Nation's helium supply, closes the helium reserve once and for all - getting the federal government out of the helium business, and reduces the deficit by $90 million. ... More
  • Hastings Statement on Senate Action on Helium Legislation
    Press Release
    Sep 19, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) issued the following statement regarding Senate adoption of an amendment to HR 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act. “In April, the House acted in a bipartisan, near unanimous fashion to pass comprehensive legislation to prevent a... More
  • House Approves Job-Creating Strategic & Critical Minerals Bill
    Press Release
    Sep 18, 2013 -
    Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act by a bipartisan vote of 246-178. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02), would allow the United States to more efficiently develop America’s strategic and critical minerals, such as rare ear... More
  • Chairman Hastings: Critical Minerals are Essential to American Jobs and our 21st Century Economy
    Floor Statements
    Sep 18, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings delivered the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 761, The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. “Mr. Chairman, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. ... More
  • Hastings, DeFazio Ask Energy Secretary Moniz to Help Keep Electricity Affordable for Pacific Northwest Ratepayers
    Press Release
    Sep 10, 2013 -
    Today, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Ranking Democratic Member Peter DeFazio (OR-04) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz urging him to listen to regional electric customer input before implementing new proposals that could force additional operating costs on the Bonne... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member DeFazio Letter to Energy Secretary Moniz Urging Affordable Electricity for Pacific Northwest Ratepayers
    Letters
    Sep 10, 2013 -
    Dear Secretary Moniz: As the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, we urge you to allow a pending fact-finding initiative on integrating wind and other intermittent resources be completed in order to allow the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) and the Western Area Power Admini... More
  • Casper Star Tribune: A Wyoming first: No bids for coal mining tract in Powder River Basin
    In Case You Missed It
    Aug 22, 2013 -
    A Wyoming first: No bids for coal mining tract in Powder River Basin By Laura Hancock At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management employees in Cheyenne gathered to unseal envelopes containing bids and checks from coal companies hoping to score the rights to dig in the Powder River Basin. But there were no ... More
  • How Hydraulic Fracturing Can Help Lower Gasoline Prices
    Blog
    Aug 9, 2013 -
    In a recent article in The Atlantic, Karl Smith from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, explains how hydraulic fracturing could help end gasoline price volatility. Hydraulic fracturing allows the development of oil reserves that have previously been unreachable with other forms of energy exploration. While... More
  • Witnesses Tell the Obama Administration to STOP Costly & Job Destroying Coal Regulations
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2824, the Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Coal Mining Jobs in America Act, legislation to protect American jobs, save taxpayer dollars, and support U.S. energy production by stopping the Obama Administration from imposing coal... More
  • Hastings, McClintock Applaud Senate Passage of House Bill to Expand Renewable Hydropower Production
    Press Release
    Aug 2, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (CA-04) today applauded the Senate passage of H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, which would create new American jobs and by authorizing more... More
  • Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Duplicative Federal Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations
    Press Release
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act by a bipartisan vote of 23-15. This bill, authored by Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17), would protect American jobs and American energy production by limiting the Obama Administration’s ability... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 31, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama taps Interior official for deputy secretary post” Associated Press: “Feds to lease mineral rights in Ohio forest” Associated Press: “3 Native American tribes seek funding for satellite voter registration, early voting stations” Associated Press:... More
  • ICYMI: President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2013 -
    President Obama’s low-ball estimate for Keystone XL jobs By Glenn Kessler 7/30/2013 “My hope would be that any reporter who is looking at the facts would take the time to confirm that the most realistic estimates are this might create maybe 2,000 jobs during the construction of the pipeline — which might take a year o... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 29, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “GOP lawmaker warns Interior’s fracking rule could lead to cascade of new regs” Oregonian – Scott Learn: “Interior Department extends Chetco River gold mining withdrawal for five years” The Hill – Ben Geman: “Obama criticizes pro-Keystone pipeline jobs,... More
  • 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
  • Video Release: Obama Administration Wastes Millions of Dollars on Flawed Rulemaking with No End in Sight
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing yesterday on the status of the Obama Administration’s rewrite of a coal mining regulations, the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, and heard testimony from Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) Director Joseph ... More
  • Committee Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Expand American Onshore Energy Production and Create Jobs
    Press Release
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills to expand American onshore energy production and create much-needed jobs. These bills are an essential part of the House Republicans’ all-of-the-above energy plan and would remove government hurdles and red-tape that block and delay development of our on... More
  • Five Ways President Obama Can Support New American Energy Jobs
    Resourceful Information
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    While President Obama prepares to deliver yet another speech on the economy today, Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee have been advancing legislation to put Americans back to work and unlock access to our U.S. energy resources. Expanding American energy production, both onshore and offshore, is one of... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Jul 24, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Ben Geman: “Interior Department slams Senate energy revenue-sharing bill” Roll Call – Ambreen Ali: “Alaska Governor Pursues New Strategy in Push to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling” Associated Press: “Kansas regulators considering new fracking rules” Courthouse News... More
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