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  • Obama Administration’s Closing Acts on ESA Deliver Big for Radical Left Litigants
    Press Release
    Nov 29, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of initial reviews of three Endangered Species Act (ESA) petitions, including one setting the clock to potentially re-list the lesser prairie-chicken as endangered. Re-listing will designate habitat on millions of acres of private land in part... More
  • ESA Failures Shine Bright as Special Interests Trump Species Protection in Wildflower Debacle
    Press Release
    Oct 28, 2016 -
    Earlier this week, a U.S. District Court vacated a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to not list two desert wildflowers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The ruling further delays implementation of an existing conservation agreement between the FWS, Utah, Colorado and stakeholder ... More
  • Special Interests, Courts are De-facto Arm of Obama Administration in Charge of ESA Policy
    Press Release
    Oct 17, 2016 -
    In abiding to a recent court order that vacated the Obama Administration’s withdrawal of a proposed rule to list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened public comment on a proposed threatened listing. House Committee on Na... More
  • USGS Study Reveals Extensive Impacts of Obama Administration’s War on Mineral Development
    Press Release
    Oct 7, 2016 -
    U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Sally Jewell is developing controversial plans to cordon off approximately 10 million acres of federal lands located in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming from mineral development. The withdrawals are one plank of the Obama administration's broader regulatory scheme to... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Final Species Petition Regulations Demonstrate Need for ESA Reform
    Press Release
    Sep 26, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced final revisions to regulations governing the petition process under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “This announcement is a call for help from the administ... More
  • Federal Wolf Management Fraught with Controversies and Failures
    Press Release
    Sep 21, 2016 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held an oversight hearing on the status of the federal government’s inconsistent and unsuccessful wolf management efforts in the United States. The panel, which included local and state witnesses, focused on red wolves in the Southeast, gray wolves in the Northwes... More
  • BLM’s Sage Grouse Land Use Plan Is Bad News For Western States
    Press Release
    Sep 1, 2016 -
    Washington, D.C. – Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released seven memos on its land use plans for the sage grouse, covering 10 Western states. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “The Administration’s decision not to list the sage grouse last year was a cynical ploy all along. These pl... More
  • Obama Administration Proposals Highlight Need for ESA Reform, Will Protect Serial Environmental Litigation
    Press Release
    Jul 26, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published its final methodology for identifying and prioritizing species’ listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released the following statement: “For the life of me I don't understand why FWS need... More
  • Bishop Statement on Obama Administration’s Lesser Prairie-Chicken Announcement
    Press Release
    Jul 19, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) removed the lesser prairie chicken from the list of threatened and endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in response to a 2015 court ruling. The ruling vacated FWS’s decision to list the species as threatened. FWS also announced it will initiate another evalua... More
  • House Passes Bill to Address Conflicting Federal Statutes that Exacerbate California Drought
    Press Release
    Jul 5, 2016 -
    Today, the House passed H.R. 4582 (Rep. Jeff Denham, R-CA), the “Save Our Salmon Act,” by voice vote. The legislation will exclude striped bass from the fish doubling requirement and other provisions of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act, eliminating the ongoing federal conflict between protecting striped bass ... More
  • New Obama Administration Habitat Rules Grant Limitless Discretion to Federal Agencies
    Press Release
    Apr 19, 2016 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s expansive new definitions and revised criteria for designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) argued the new rules allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the... More
  • Overdue Grizzly Delisting Highlights ESA Failures
    Press Release
    Mar 4, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to delist the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, encompassing portions of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. This population of grizzly bear is currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the species will allow... More
  • Bishop: President Obama’s Unilateral Anti-Energy Agenda Will Ultimately be Gutted by the Courts
    Press Release
    Feb 10, 2016 -
    Yesterday, the Supreme Court stayed the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan in a 5-4 decision. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Much of the President’s unilateral agenda, including efforts to stomp out coal without going through Congress, will ultimately be gutted by the courts. “This ruling ... More
  • Bishop: FWS Mimics EPA Tactics in Expansive Critical Habitat Proposal
    Press Release
    Feb 5, 2016 -
    Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the finalization of a new policy for defining and designating critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement: “Just like we saw with WOTUS, this is another power grab. ... More
  • Wall Street Journal: Obama vs. Manatees
    In Case You Missed It
    Jan 24, 2016 -
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month proposed a new rule to crack down on predator control in Alaska, claiming it wants to better protect wildlife on national refuges. If only the Obama Administration cared as much about the protected critters that are getting in the way of its climate-change agenda. President O... More
  • Four Governors: Federal Overreach Causing Major Problems in the West
    Press Release
    Sep 30, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held an oversight hearing with four Western governors on “Respecting State Authority in Regards to Resource Management and Energy Development.” Governors Matt Mead (R-WY), Steve Bullock (D-MT), Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), and Gary Herbert (R-UT) all expressed major concerns a... More
  • Bishop: Sage Grouse Decision Is De Facto Listing Aimed at Controlling the West
    Press Release
    Sep 22, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s decision on the greater sage grouse. “Do not be fooled. The announcement not to list the sage grouse is a cynical ploy. With the stroke of a pen, the Obama Administration’s oppr... More
  • Bishop: “You violated the law. Period.”
    Press Release
    Sep 17, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a joint hearing with the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Animas River spill, which resulted in 3 million gallons of toxic water spilling into the Animas and San Juan Rivers from Colorado and into New Mexico,... More
  • Bishop: Judicial Decision on Lesser Prairie Chicken Reins in Fish and Wildlife Service
    Press Release
    Sep 2, 2015 -
    Yesterday, the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas issued an order which vacates the Lesser Prairie Chicken listing under the Endangered Species Act, on the basis that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) did not apply the proper criteria for evaluating conservation efforts at the state level. House Comm... More
  • Bishop: Throwing Salt in the Wound In Latest Water Diversion Decision
    Press Release
    Aug 25, 2015 -
    House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation’s latest announcement to flush Trinity River water towards non-listed fish species. “As California and the West are drying up, the Obama Administration has announced another unjustifie... More
  • Field Hearing Highlights Draconian Rejection of Science, Local Stakeholder Input with National Park Service’s General Management Plan for Biscayne Bay
    Press Release
    Aug 3, 2015 -
    Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Small Business Committee held a joint field hearing in Homestead, Florida, on the National Park Service’s (NPS) General Management Plan (GMP) for Biscayne National Park released in June 2015. The GMP, which includes a Marine Reserve Zone (MRZ) that would be ... More
  • Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of the Endangered Species Act
    Blog
    Jul 30, 2015 -
    Replay the Environmental Protection Agency’s apparent disregard for the Endangered Species Act requirements through the very animals they are affecting. The EPA thought they had it all figured out. They were going to shut down some power plants, solidify the President’s climate legacy, and nothing was going to stand in... More
  • Chairman Rob Bishop Opening Statement at the Full Committee Oversight Hearing
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2015 -
    Chairman Rob Bishop (UT-01) of the House Committee on Natural Resources made the following opening statement at today's oversight hearing entitled "Federal Agencies' Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation." Remarks as prepared - Every day, Americans are required to comply with an ever growing list of federal regulat... More
  • Action Agency Missing in Action
    Press Release
    Jul 29, 2015 -
    Today, the Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on “Federal Agencies’ Selective Enforcement of ESA Consultation.” The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refused to testify, despite the fact that, as the action agency implementing the Obama Administration’s new and existing coal-fired power plant rules, it i... More
  • Bishop: Obama Administration’s Selective Application of the Law to Advance Its Agenda Must be Stopped
    Press Release
    Jun 29, 2015 -
    Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander with this White House. With absolute disregard for the consequences, the ... More
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