• Committee to Hold Endangered Species Act Hearing
    Committee Action
    May 28, 2013 -
    The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a Full Committee oversight hearing entitled “Defining Species Conservation Success: Tribal, State and Local Stewardship vs. Federal Courtroom Battles and Sue-and-Settle Practices” on Tuesday, June 4th. The hearing, the first of a series expected this Congress, will showca... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 21, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Wall Street Journal – Kim Murphy: “Alaska governor launches bid to measure oil in Arctic refuge” Joplin Globe – Andy Ostmeyer: “Federal agency proposes adding two Missouri mussels to endangered species list” Washington Examiner editorial: “Do 'Right by Ike' with scaled-down ... More
  • Witnesses: 2008 Lacey Amendments’ Unintended Consequences are Raising Costs, Threatening Jobs and Small Business
    Press Release
    May 16, 2013 -
    Today, the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs held an oversight hearing entitled “The 2008 Lacey Act Amendments.” The hearing focused on the significant May 2008 expansion of the Lacey Act to include all plants and plant products. “The full House was never given the opportunity to debate or... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Assistant Attorney General Moreno Seeking Documents on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
    Letters
    May 16, 2013 -
    Dear Assistant Attorney General Moreno: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has broad jurisdiction over matters involving energy development on federal lands, wildlife, and migratory birds, including enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ("MBT A") and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("BGEP ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Letter to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe Requesting Information and Documents on Migratory Birds
    Letters
    May 16, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: The Committee on Natural Resources ("Committee") has broad jurisdiction over matters involving the Department of the Interior, energy development on federal lands, wildlife, and migratory birds. In order to better understand the Obama Administration's enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act ("M... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 15, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Associated Press – Ben Neary: “Western lawmakers push to restore mineral funds” Reuters – Alex Lawler: “IEA urges swift U.S. decision on allowing crude oil exports” Associated Press: “Ark. mountain snail dropped from e... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 14, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Politico – Darren Goode: “Key natural gas rules may be in the pipeline” Associated Press – Dina Capiello: “Wind farms get pass on eagle deaths” Bloomberg: “Gasoline rises most in three months at U.S. pumps” Wall Street Journal – Ben Kesling: “The Few, the Proud, the Tortois... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    May 10, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Associated Press: “Oil industry: BLM is preventing job creation in Calif. by postponing oil, gas lease auctions” Elko Daily News editorial: “Amodei, GOP to tackle Endangered Species Act” Greenwire – Phil Taylor: “House GOP forms working group to overhaul ESA” Fuel Fix – Jen... More
  • Hastings Joins Endangered Species Act Working Group
    Press Release
    May 9, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today joined other Members of the House of Representatives in announcing the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group. Throughout this year, the Working Group will hold a series of events, forums, and hearings that will invite discussion ... 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
    Apr 24, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Julian Hattem: “GOP criticizes EPA comments on Keystone XL path” Fuel Fix – Dan X. McGraw: “When is the price of gasoline too high?” Associated Press: “Sea otter population more than doubles in southeast Alaska” Associated Press – Kathryn Haake: “Lawmakers kill w... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 23, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Zack Colman: "Interior chief Jewell: 'One size doesn't fit all' on fracking" Wall Street Journal – Paul Vieira: "Survey Finds Majority Backs Keystone Pipeline" Washington Times – Valerie Richardson: "Protected Utah prairie dogs fight for home on the range" Associ... More
  • Utah Lt. Governor Discuss Economic Impacts of Potential Sage Grouse ESA Listing
    Blog
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    At a Full Committee hearing today on energy production on state versus federal lands, Utah Lt. Governor Greg Bell took a moment during his testimony to discuss the potential economic impacts of the sage-grouse being listed under the Endangered Species Act. He notes how states have effectively worked together with feder... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 17, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Washington Post – Juliet Eilperin: “White House finalizes national ocean policy” Fairfield Sun Times: “Daines Co-Sponsors Legislation To Restore Active Forest Management, Help Schools & Counties” Associated Press: “North Dakota February oil production sets record” Associate... 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
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 15, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: Los Angeles Times – Phil Willon: “Joshua Tree targeted by graffiti vandals using social media” The Philadelphia Inquirer – Sandy Bauers: "White-nose syndrome that kills bats continues to spread” Kansas City Star: “Will Obama establish 'Idaho's Yellowstone' as a national mon... More
  • Breakfast Links
    Blog
    Apr 11, 2013 -
    The Natural Resources Morning News Round-up: The Hill – Pete Kasperowicz: "House votes 416-7 in favor of easing hydropower regs" Roll Call – Niels Lesniewski: "Interior Pick Moves Forward After Sage Grouse Dispute" New York Times – Matthew Wald: "New Solar Process Gets More Out of Natural Gas" Bonner County Daily Bee:... More
  • Chairman Hastings Joins Calls for Obama Administration to Fully Delist Gray Wolf
    Press Release
    Mar 25, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04), Senator Orin Hatch (UT), Senator John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY) today, along with 68 other Members of Congress, sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Director Dan Ashe urging support for the delisting of... More
  • Letter from 72 Members of Congress to Fish and Wildlife Service Director Ashe Supporting Gray Wolf Delisting
    Letters
    Mar 22, 2013 -
    Dear Director Ashe: We understand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is in the process of reviewing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery status of the gray wolf in the lower 48 States and is preparing to announce the delisting of the species. We support the nationwide delisting of wolves and urge you to mo... More
  • Wall Street Journal Editorial: Fishing for Wildlife Lawsuits
    Blog
    Mar 11, 2013 -
    "The Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service has resurrected a Clinton-era tactic known as 'sue and settle.' With this strategy, outside green groups friendly to the Administration sue the government, demanding a particular regulatory action. The agency happily forswears court and sits down with the plaintiffs ... More
  • Chairman Hastings Questions Interior Department on Potentially Economically Devastating Sage-Grouse Endangered Species Listing
    Press Release
    Mar 7, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe raising concerns of scientific integrity and the imposition of arbitrary deadlines surrounding the decision to potentially list the sage-gr... More
  • Chairman Hastings Questions Interior Department on Potentially Economically Devastating Sage-Grouse Endangered Species Listing
    Letters
    Mar 7, 2013 -
    At the beginning of this Administration, President Obama placed significant emphasis on the importance of scientific integrity in his Administration's policies and practices. In the President's March 9, 2009 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, he stated that "[t]he public must be able to tru... More
  • Chairman Hastings Statement on FWS Extension of Public Comment for Lesser Prairie Chicken ESA Designation
    Press Release
    Feb 28, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today released the following statement after receiving a partial response from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to his February 7th request for an extended public comment period for Lesser Prairie Chicken designation under the Endangered Sp... More
  • Hastings, Lucas, Peterson Praise Federal Court Ruling on NOAA’s Salmon Opinion
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2013 -
    In a major victory for American agriculture, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a landmark ruling Thursday in the case Dow AgroSciences LLC v. National Marine Fisheries Service reaffirming that government decision-making must be based on science and not the misguided agenda of activist groups. House Natural Resour... More
  • Chairman Hastings Receives “Water Warrior” Award, Delivers Keynote Speech at Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference
    Press Release
    Feb 22, 2013 -
    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) today received the “Water Warrior” award from the Family Farm Alliance at their annual conference. The Family Farm Alliance is an advocate for family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in seventeen Western states. The award is g... More
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