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  • Chairman Hastings Op-Ed in The Hill: Time to Unlock our Offshore Energy Resources
    Op-Eds and Speeches
    Jun 26, 2013 -
    Time to Unlock our Offshore Energy Resources By: House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings The Hill June 26, 2013 Remember when gas prices were under $2 a gallon? It wasn’t that long ago. In fact, the price of a gallon of gas was just $1.89 when President Obama took office in January 2009. Prices have ne... More
  • Hastings: President’s National Energy Tax Bad for Jobs and Economy
    Press Release
    Jun 25, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) released the following statement today on President Obama’s plan to unilaterally impose a national energy tax and wage a war on coal: “Years after a Democrat-controlled Congress rejected the President’s plan to impose a new national energy tax, President O... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    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
  • Committee Approves Legislation to Expand American Energy Production on Federal Lands and Waters, Create New American Jobs
    Press Release
    Jun 12, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills to expand American offshore and onshore energy production in order to help create new American jobs, lower energy prices, generate new revenue, and make America more energy secure. H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, was approved by the Committe... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    Jun 12, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Tri-City Herald – Geoff Folsom: “U.S. House passes Rattlesnake Mountain access bill” Washington Times – Patrice Hill: “U.S. gains global competition as shale energy revolution heats up” The Hill – Julian Hattem: “Wildlife agency proposes endangered listing for chimps” Assoc... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    Jun 11, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Alaska Public Radio – Ed Schoenfeld: “Sealaska Land Bill Scheduled For Congressional Markup” The Hill – Zack Colman: “Energy agency: US oil-and-gas reserves up 35 percent, thanks to shale boom” Arizona Republic – Brandon Loomis: “Mexican gray wolves may get more area to live... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    Jun 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Oil and Gas Journal – Nick Snow: “Witnesses describe benefits from expanding OCS activity” Washington Post – Lenny Berstein: “Gray wolf to lose endangered species protection as numbers rise” Wall Street Journal OpEd – Chuck Leavell: “Why U.S. Wood Can—and Should—Power Europe... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    Jun 7, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: E&E – Nick Juliano: “House Republicans continue push for offshore drilling” Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Feds give industry, environmentalists more time to study drilling rule” Associated Press: “Tribe seeks to expand shale-oil drilling” Cronkite News – Evan Bell: “Gosar,... More
  • Witnesses: America Needs to Develop Its Offshore Energy Resources NOW
    Press Release
    Jun 6, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on H.R. 2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act.” This legislation would expand U.S. offshore energy production to create American jobs, lower energy prices, generate new federal revenue, and strengthen America’s ... More
  • Breakfast Links
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    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
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    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 Stress Importance of Hydropower Development for Job Creation & Economic Growth
    Press Release
    May 23, 2013 -
    Today, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power held a legislative hearing on H.R. 1963, The Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act. Sponsored by Rep. Steve Daines (MT-At Large), this bill would create new American jobs and expand production of clean, renewable hydro... More
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    May 23, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Fuel Fix – Jennifer A. Dlouhy: “Republicans aim to overturn Obama’s plan for Alaskan oil” Associated Press – Matthew Daly: “House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval” Washington Post – Darryl Fears: “Frog, toad and salamander populations plummeting, U.S. survey finds”... 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
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    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
  • ICYMI: AAA sees gas prices rising into Memorial Day weekend
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    May 21, 2013 -
    AAA sees gas prices rising into Memorial Day weekend By Talia Buford 5/21/2013 The seasonal Memorial Day rise in gasoline prices is likely to bump up the cost of filling up the car this weekend, but much of the pain will hit motorists in the Midwest and on the West Coast, where a confluence of factors is leading to al... More
  • Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Markey Letter to Secretary Jewell Requesting Additional Time to Review and Comment on Interior's Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule
    Letters
    May 21, 2013 -
    Last week, the Department of the Interior released the most recent iteration of a rule to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. As part of the rulemaking, the Department of the Interior has proposed to provide 30 days for public comment on this revised draft rule. We jointly believe that this timef... 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
  • Breakfast Links
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    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
  • VIDEO: Drill Permit Streamlining Bill Sponsored by Rep. Cramer Passes House
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    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
  • 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

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